Orthodontics involves more than fixing crooked teeth. It also improves oral hygiene and prevents tooth decay. Now, there are alternatives to braces that don’t require brackets and wires to straighten teeth. MTM® Clear Aligners provide a faster, less expensive orthodontics option for patients who need minor tooth movement (MTM). Davidson Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offers patients the benefits of MTM clear aligners, treatment is contingent upon an initial analysis to determine if the tooth movement desired is too great for MTM and traditional orthodontics would be recommended.
What Are MTM® Clear Aligners?
MTM® Clear Aligners make it possible to straighten teeth without braces. Made of PVC and BPA free clear plastic, these clear orthodontic aligners are essentially unnoticeable, yet highly effective in creating the smile you want.
Who Can Benefit from MTM® Clear Aligners?
Removable clear aligners correct tooth-crowding, gaps between teeth, and misaligned teeth. They are recommended for individuals who have all their permanent teeth and who can meet proper care and use requirements. We will work with you to perform an initial analysis of your teeth to determine the degree of tooth movement required and determine if the MTM solution or traditional orthodontic approach is better suited.
MTM Clear Aligners give you a choice of bracket-free orthodontics and offer incredible results in a shorter treatment period than traditional methods. They also cost less than many other orthodontics treatments. Dr. Michael B. Wilhite can help you decide of MTM Clear Aligners are the right treatment option for you.
How Do MTM® Clear Aligners Work?
After Dr. Michael B. Wilhite develops a treatment plan, your aligner is custom made to move your teeth to their ideal position. Over time, often as little as 3 to 6 months, your teeth progressively migrate into their proper location.
MTM aligners use the same orthodontic principles as other types of braces: space, force, and time. However, MTM aligners differ from “invisible” ceramic bracket braces as well as other invisible aligners such as Invisalign. MTM aligners are removable, unlike ceramic brackets, and are generally less expensive than their Invisalign alternative.
What Should I Expect When Using MTM® Clear Aligners?
Within a week of starting, most MTM® Clear Aligners users forget the aligners are even there. During treatment, you must wear the aligner at all times except when eating, drinking hot liquids, and brushing and flossing your teeth.
During the course of your treatment, you will use a progression of aligners that make slight adjustments that cause your teeth to move into position. New aligners may be introduced every few weeks, depending upon your treatment plan. Once your MTM® Clear Aligners treatment plan ends, you may need to wear a retainer to maintain your proper tooth alignment.
How Do I Care for my MTM® Clear Aligners?
Achieving the best results requires wearing your aligners at all times, except while eating, drinking hot liquids, and during oral hygiene. Never chew gum while using the aligner. Whenever the aligner is not in your mouth, place it in its protective case and store it away from any heat sources. After eating or drinking, brush and floss your teeth, and then reinsert the aligners. Food trapped in the aligner may cause tooth decay, so good oral hygiene is very important. Do not use toothpaste to clean the device as it may cause scratching and dulling of the plastic. Cleaning the aligner is easy using Retainer Brite cleaning tablets.