The Tooth Fairy Diaries: Part 3

Mimi ON Apr 23, 2009 AT 9:34 am

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell

Finally the big day arrived!  Today was the day when Dr Tim Bradstock Smith fitted my Inman Aligner.  Surprisingly enough it was a very straight forward affair that only took around 10 minutesDr Tim, who is so lovely calm and reassuring, showed me the original mould the manufacturers used to create my aligner.  The aligner itself looked fairly harmless and I relaxed back as my mouth was prepared to accommodate its new visitor!!  

Dr Tim had to create space between my front teeth so they can move and he did this by gently filing.  The sensation was not uncomfortable and reminded me of filing nails with a crystal nail file.  Once this was complete the aligner was placed in my mouth to make sure it was making the correct contact with my teeth.  Dr Tim then created two composite buttons from white filling material to add pressure to the two front teeth in order to encourage them to move.  I was then shown how to put the aligner in and how to remove it and this I am pleased to report is very easy to do.

Lynne Thomas

Lynne Thomas

Now I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting but it wasn’t this!  The Inman Aligner utilizes a lingual coil spring that puts pressure on the teeth that need repositioning and a labial bar that reverses the same pressure. These components work together to “squeeze” teeth together by pushing and pulling them into alignment.  But the bar that goes across my front teeth is more bulky and visible than I expected so it’s going to take some getting used to.  It also affects my speech and I am now lisping like a crazy person!  Dr Tim and staff have assured me that within days I will get used to this and my speech will return to normal.  In fact he recommended I get in the car and sing along to CD’s to practice, but I think I might skip this and just try and talk as much as possible!

The aligner itself is not uncomfortable and I can live with the visibility issue, especially if it results in straight teeth in 10 weeks or less. On the plus side, snacking is out of the question because even though I can remove the aligner, it’s not worth it for the sake of a packet of crisps or a bar of chocolate. But I do need to be able to talk!!   I will keep you posted!!

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