Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance that is used to treat orthodontic problems with the front teeth and has become known as the "12 week wonder brace" to some in the dental profession, as it can completely straighten crooked teeth in such a short period of time. Used to correct to correct misalignments in the top and bottom front teeth of adults, the Inman Aligner is a relatively cheap, quick, and healthy alternative to traditional wire braces.

How much does the Inman Aligner treatment cost?

The treatment usually costs around £1500 per arch, but this may vary depending on the practitioner, number of appointments required, and how complex the treatment will be.

How does the Inman Aligner work?

The Inman Aligner appliance utilises a small spring which puts gentle, steady pressure on the back of the teeth, while a clear plastic bar across the front of the teeth exerts a small amount of pressure in the opposite direction. Essentially, the teeth are squeezed into alignment with the rest of the teeth in the mouth.

Suitability for the Inman Aligner

The aligner is only suitable for adults and the treatment would not be suitable for any patients requiring adjustments to the all of the teeth, or the back teeth. The Inman Aligner only focuses on the front teeth, which is why treatment time is much faster than invisible brace treatments. It is also not suitable for teeth that need a great deal of rotational movement or that have large gaps between them.

What does the Inman Aligner look like?

Though not invisible, the Inman Aligner is still very discrete when compared to train track braces. The brace has a clear plastic bar which goes across the front of the teeth and transparent acrylic casing which covers the teeth. This brace can be removed for special occasions and to allow you to clean your teeth and eat. However, it is advised that the aligner is worn for 16 to 20 hours a day to get the quickest results.


The Inman Aligner is regarded as more comfortable than traditional braces and retainers, though some patients may experience slight discomfort in the first week of treatment. If this occurs, you may need to take mild painkillers such as ibuprofen. The aligner may also affect speech in the first few weeks, but this should cease once you become used to wearing the brace. As with other braces and retainers the Inman Aligner may cause you to salivate more than usual, but this should stop within 48 hours.


Two 30 minute sessions are required with your orthodontist in order to measure and fit the brace initially. Once fitted, the aligner requires 15 minute check-ups every month to 6 weeks. The Inman Aligner can take between 6 and 16 weeks to realign the front teeth, a quick result compared to invisible braces.

Things to remember

  • This treatment is only suitable for those requiring mild adjustments and is not a comprehensive orthodontic treatment.
  • The brace must be worn for 16 to 20 hours a day to see the quickest results.
  • Ensure that the dentist you see is an Inman Aligner certified dentist

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