The When you are looking to straighten out teeth, you have a couple of options for alignment that is effective and long-lasting. Two of the most popular treatments available today include the Inman Aligner and traditional orthodontic fixed braces.

On this page we’re going to take a look at some of the advantages and
disadvantages of each treatment so that you can figure out what works best for you.
Remember that if you have any questions about the Inman Aligner vs braces or teeth alignment and want some guidance or advice, our friendly dental team is always on hand to help.

Who needs teeth alignment?

If you have a problem with crooked teeth, if you have an overbite or an underbite, or if you have another kind of dental problem, this can be managed with teeth alignment.

When you’re a child, you have baby teeth – or milk teeth – which gradually fall out and are replaced by adult teeth. Some teeth don’t grow through at the right angle, and other times the teeth come through with gaps. Tooth and jaw complications may cause problems with your bite, and you might feel like your smile is causing you problems with your confidence.
Straightening your teeth with braces or the Inman Aligner works to increase your confidence with your smile, and helps to improve your dental hygiene too.

Teeth alignment and orthodontic treatments are for anyone who either needs their teeth straightened due to potential complications, bite issues, or other dental problems; or for anyone who wants the improved confidence that comes from straight teeth.

What are braces?

Conventional braces consist of brackets, bonding material, arch wire and ligature elastic. Braces have constant pressure on them which over time move teeth into the required position. As a treatment that has been used for many years, braces are an effective solution to misaligned and crooked teeth and typically offer excellent results in just a few years. At Southside Dental Group, we can apply braces to treat issues with alignment of teeth.

What is the Inman Aligner?

The Inman Aligner is a removable appliance that is used to align front teeth quickly and safely – often in a matter of weeks. You can use this as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with another kind of cosmetic dental treatment like tooth whitening or veneers. The Inman Aligner works with a plate and aligner that uses custom-made hi-tech titanium springs that align the teeth from both sides – front and back – gently and easily. It isn’t for everyone and is only suitable for people with mild front teeth crowding.

Types of teeth alignment – Advantages and Disadvantages

The level of alignment that you need will depend on the type of teeth alignment treatment that you get. If you have a lot of teeth to be aligned, you will most likely need to get braces. If you only have a small amount of alignment to be done in the front of your mouth, then the Inman Aligner might be the best option for you.

Braces Alignment – Advantages

Getting the traditional fixed braces alignment for your teeth will get you the best possible result – but the price you pay for the kind of control your dentist has is time.

The advantages of braces alignment include:

  • All teeth are in the best possible positions
  • Tooth roots will be aligned in the best possible way
  • Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to control the entire process and can
    adjust your teeth to a level of perfection
  • May be a more cost-effective option for alignment

Braces Alignment – Disadvantages

It’s a common complaint of school kids and adults with braces everywhere: they can be uncomfortable. But for most people who get braces, the discomfort is nothing compared to the long-term goal of straight teeth – but let’s look at some of the disadvantages:

  • Can be uncomfortable/painful
  • May be embarrassing for kids
  • Can cause self-esteem issues for some people
  • Typically takes 12-24 months, and can be longer for more severe cases

Inman Aligner – Advantages

This is a shorter treatment than traditional braces and a course of treatment can be completed in as little as 12 – 26 weeks. Let’s look at some of the advantages:

  • Short treatment time
  • Can be used for lower and upper front teeth
  • Removable technology
  • Generally pain/discomfort free
  • Relatively invisible – only a small amount of mouth gear is required

Inman Aligner – Disadvantages

The Inman Aligner is a quick and easy solution for mild crowding of front teeth – but there are some disadvantages to it as well.

  • More costly solution than traditional braces
  • You need to remember to wear it – can be removed – and only works if worn
    for more than 20 hours per day. Otherwise treatment takes a lot longer
  • Can affect your speech for a period

Inman Aligner vs Braces: The type of treatment to choose

If you are someone with moderate to severe tooth alignment problems, or if you are looking for a relatively cost-effective solution to your teeth alignment woes, then the traditional route of braces might be the best option for you. If you have mild to moderate front teeth alignment concerns, then choosing the Inman Aligner might be the better choice.

It’s always best to speak to our qualified and experienced orthodontists who can work with you to select the best option. Get in touch with our clinics across Brisbane and find out about the braces or Inman Aligner solution that will suit your needs.

We’d love to help you get the smile you’ve always wanted, and can work with you to find a cost-effective and flexible option that suits your budget and your lifestyle.

Contact us

You can enquire about this treatment by filling out the online enquiry form below. Or you can give one of our practices a call.

07 3279 8811 RICHLANDS
07 3818 9100 SPRINGFIELD