Removable Braces

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A removable brace is one that simply clicks onto your teeth and can be removed when necessary. This type of brace is usually only used for the upper teeth and is limited in its capabilities. Removable braces may be used as the sole means of treating tooth displacements or more commonly in combination with fixed braces to treat more complex problems.

Treatment usually takes between 6-12 months but will vary according to your particular problem. You will need regular appointments during treatment for the brace to be adjusted.

The Inman Aligner is the perfect solution for crowding or protrusion of the front teeth. It is really fast, very safe and great value compared to other systems. With the patented Inman Aligner, your front teeth can be gently guided to an ideal position in a matter of weeks. Most cases complete in 6-16 weeks and because it's removable you can take it out to fit with your lifestyle.

How it Works What is an Inman Aligner?

The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It's ideal as a stand alone treatment or to pre-align teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers.

The Inman Aligner has Nickel Titanium coil springs that power two aligner bows that gently oppose each other, guiding the teeth into their new position. These gentle forces are active over a very large range of movement, which is why the Inman Aligner works so quickly.

How long is the treatment with the inman aligner?

Most cases are completed within 6-18 weeks. Your Inman Aligner dentist will give you a realistic guide of what to expect. For suitable cases, the Inman Aligner is usually much faster than alternative orthodontic techniques.

What's involved in Treatment with the inman aligner?

  • Impressions are needed so that the lab can fabricate your custom made Inman Aligner.

  • Initial fitting of the Aligner.

  • Wear the Aligner 16-20 hours a day

  • Regular Inman checks every 2-3 weeks.

  • As with other orthodontic treatment, after treatment is completed with the iInman Aligner, retention is recommended for life to prevent relapse. Retention can come in the form of a lingually bonded retainer or an Essix retainer.

What can the Inman Aligner do?

  • It aligns the front teeth (crowding, protrusion, rotations, crossbites).

  • Ideal for orthodontic relapse.

  • As a stand-alone treatment or combine with simple whitening and bonding.

  • Pre-alignment for cosmetic cases so teeth don't need much preparation and veneers can be super-thin.


If you are getting your dental braces off soon, than the next phase are retainers. There are several options post braces to help hold your bite and teeth in place as they were in the last phase of your braces treatment.

Most often removable retainers are given to patients to wear 24 hours, 7 days a week when they first get the braces off. There is a crucial period of about 3 months where you will be asked to wear them all day and night. Once the orthodontist decides, you may begin to wear them just at night, but it is noted that this will go on for several years.

Permanent retainers are mostly used on the bottom teeth. The retainer is affixed to the teeth and acts to hold them in place. This is usually used when crowding, spaces, and crooked teeth were a severe case and the orthodontist does not want to risk a relapse.

How long will it be on my teeth?

It is usually intended that this wire will be left indefinitely on your teeth to keep them straight. This means that as long as the wire is on your teeth, your teeth should stay straight. As soon as it is removed, the teeth will move.

How do I clean my bonded retainer?

Brush your teeth as normal. In addition, you should use "Superfloss" every day. Your orthodontist will show you how to use it.

Will it become loose and what should I do?

  • It may become loose from time to time as the "glue" it is stuck on with can wear away. You usually become aware that the wire is loose, because the wire will begin to feel rough against your tongue. Occasionally, you may not feel any roughness with your tongue, but only notice some movement of your teeth.

  • You must contact your orthodontist immediately if this occurs. You should consider this as an emergency and an appointment will be arranged for you to see your orthodontist as soon as possible.

  • While waiting to see your orthodontist, you should wear the removable retainer that you may have been given after your braces were removed. This should be worn day and night as this will stop your teeth moving until you are seen by your orthodontist.