Hi everyone, I've been interested to read this thread as like some of you I have found that there's not many testimonials from patients on the web re Inman Aligners - just those from the ortho's.
My story is similar to Nixxin's, had 4 extractions and braces as a child and all went ok, unfortunately I was not given a retainer and didn't know the need for one at 13 years of age so no surprise that my teeth started moving when the wisdoms came through.
I'm 35 now and have a job that involves lots of people contact and running training courses.
Basically my top teeth have tipped inwards and the two front ones have crossed over. Over the years it's been at the back of my mind and the front of my face, always grabbing photos first to check if my crooked front teeth looked worse than ever. Seen dentists in the past but always sounded like a long job, costly and even to the extent of having my jaw broken to bring it in line. Basically I'm not looking for the perfect profile, just straight front teeth.
Anyway, had an appt last week in Sidcup, Kent to check suitability and this time all seemed to go swimmingly. I was shown pics of previous patients some with more crooked teeth than mine and the results look impressive. Went back this Monday and had x-rays and a full mouth check (v important to check the health of your teeth and gums first) and all was ok so had my impressions taken. Got another appt in 2 weeks to fit the aligner and then 3 weekly check ups after that. I just have to see the hygienist in the meantime to make sure I'm all clean.
Treatment is expected to take 16 weeks - I have to have an expander as well but my ortho thinks he can incorporate into the aligner to cut the length of treatment which would be great. So my Xmas photos should be full of smiles!!!!
My lower teeth also moved slightly but this won't show too much, depending on how the uppers go I may have these done too.
I would love to hear how Gloria and Nixxin are getting on and if Elina took the plunge and in turn will update you all on my progress.
Elina - you probably have the answers already but if not I can tell you what I know (bear in mind mine hasn't been fitted yet so the info may change depending on my progress). I have been told that there is a small amount of filing to gain space which doesn't damage your teeth, I will need to wear a retainer forever more, starting at every night for a few weeks and cutting back to 2 or 3 nights a week. The retainer will either be a clear gumshield type or a wire fixed to the back of the teeth, depends on what the ortho thinks at the end of treatment. I am paying Â£1500 for the aligner and Â£250 for the expander, this includes all check ups and the retainer.