Dentist Gary Dorman gives his experience of treating of his own mandibular and maxillary crowding using In-Line clear aligners
I first discovered In-Line in 2007 and decided to try the system on myself to see if it was something I wanted to use in my practice to treat patients.
I carried out some inter-proximal enamel reduction on my teeth to a prescription the lab sent to me. It was so simple to do I was able to do it on myself! I then used a succession of removable splints, to be worn for six weeks each to gradually straighten my teeth.
I was amazed at how simple the system was to use, and how comfortable the splints were. None of my patients even knew I was wearing the aligners when I was discussing treatments with them, as they did not interfere with my speech at all and are virtually invisible. In-Line has since improved the technology even further so that splints now only have to be worn for four weeks at a time as long as they are only removed for eating and drinking, and they are now even thinner than before, while still maintaining the power to move teeth.
My treatment lasted 10 months. I aligned my upper and lower front six teeth and also pushed out my premolars to get the desired result I was looking for.
Once treatment was finished, I used a removable retainer that I wore for at least four nights per week. I now have a fixed retainer glued behind my teeth which feels great as my teeth are very secure and I know they will not move now that they are straight.
I have treated many patients now over the last five years and have had amazing results. The feedback is excellent as patients love the fact that they know they are the only ones that know they are wearing the aligners!