For anterior crowding or protrusion, the ClearSmile Inman Aligner is a great solution for predictable, safe and effective alignment in simple to moderate cases. With this appliance, it’s possible to create the most minimally invasive care and patient-centred treatment. The appliance is a fabulous tool in the preventative toolbox. Straightening teeth is more than cosmetic dentistry – it’s just as much about function and re-establishing or creating a healthy dental foundation.
Since joining the dental profession 12 years ago, I have come to recognise an increasing need for more knowledge about the bite-functional aspect. When I had my own teeth straightened with the ClearSmile Inman Aligner, I finally found a solid base to work and learn from. The IAS Academy provides massive support for all cases through the IAS online forum and therefore it offers extensive, on-going learning.
Very often, patients do not see anything but the crowding of their teeth and they can have very high hopes for the speed of the treatment. Therefore, a good, honest conversation is mandatory to avoid misunderstandings and disappointment.
A healthy, female, 21-year-old patient presented, with concerns about the upper anterior crowding (she wasn’t worried about the colour or shape of the teeth). While she did not feel a need for correction of lower teeth, it was explained that to achieve sufficient function and compensate for the increased horizontal dimension overjet (HDO), the lower anterior teeth would require straightening as well – to which she agreed.