Recent advances in orthodontic technology have dramatically streamlined the process of corrective treatment. Still, the decision to undergo an orthodontic procedure is one that requires thoughtful consideration. To help you with this process, below are answers to some of the most commonly-asked questions about MTM® Clear•Aligner.
Q: Who is DENTSPLY International?
A: For over a century, DENTSPLY International has been committed to providing innovative, high quality, cost effective dental products. Founded in 1899, DENTSPLY International has grown to become one of the largest professional dental products companies in the world. Dental professionals depend on DENTSPLY International for innovative, new solutions that advance the practice of dentistry and improve oral health for patients throughout the world. Find out more about DENTSPLY International.
Q: What does the "MTM" in MTM® Clear•Aligner mean?
A: "MTM" stands for "Minor Tooth Movement" – a process for aligning upper and/or lower teeth requiring minimal movement. MTM® Clear•Aligner uses a series of clear, comfortable, removable plastic aligners to achieve rapid results. It's the virtually undetectable way to improve your smile.
Q: What is the difference between invisible braces, clear braces, lingual braces and MTM® Clear•Aligner?
A: The term "invisible braces" may be used to refer to either "clear braces" or "lingual braces". Clear braces are similar to regular metal braces except that the brackets are made of a clear material instead of metal. Lingual braces are placed behind the teeth so they are not easily visible. Both clear braces and lingual braces are attached to your teeth, and removable only by your orthodontist. MTM® Clear•Aligner is fully removable, making it easier to eat, brush and floss.
Q: How clear are the aligners?
A: The plastics used for MTM® Clear•Aligner are manufactured for "contact clarity", meaning they are almost invisible when applied to the teeth. MTM® Clear•Aligner uses only quality proprietary plastics, for a virtually undetectable solution for straightening teeth discreetly.
Q: Are the aligners comfortable?
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner is custom-fit to your individual needs. When you begin treatment, the aligner(s) may feel a little foreign in your mouth – but after a day or two, most people hardly notice them.
Q: How long do I have to wear the aligners each day?
A: For optimum results, you will need to keep your aligner(s) in your mouth at all times except when you are eating or brushing your teeth.
Q: How long does the MTM® Clear•Aligner treatment take?
A: Because MTM® Clear•Aligner treats only cases requiring small movements, you can often achieve your desired outcome more quickly than with full orthodontic treatment.
Q: Will I have to wear a retainer after my treatment has concluded?
A: Yes. As with any orthodontic procedure, a retainer is essential to maintaining your new tooth alignment. There are several options for this. Your dental professional can explain them and help you choose the one that best meets your needs.
Q: For what age groups is MTM® Clear•Aligner recommended?
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner is recommended for patients who have all of their permanent teeth, and who are able to consistently follow directions for aligner use and care.
Q: How long has MTM® Clear•Aligner been around?
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner is based on a proprietary system developed by an orthodontist more than 10 years ago. Since then, dental professionals have been successfully treating patients using MTM® Clear•Aligner as an alternative to other clear aligner treatments and conventional wire braces.
Q: How does the price compare to other aligner treatments or clear braces?
A: Each case is different, so individual costs will vary. However, MTM® Clear•Aligner typically costs a fraction of other aligner options or full-mouth braces (both wire and clear). Your dental health professional can offer you a comparison of the alternatives that may be right for you.
Q: What are the aligners made of?
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner uses plastic that does not contain PVC or BPA.
Q: Are there any health benefits associated with MTM® Clear•Aligner treatment?
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner can in many cases contribute to better oral hygiene, helping your teeth and gums to stay healthy. Improperly aligned teeth can make cleaning and brushing more difficult and lead to tooth decay, gum disease and possibly tooth loss.
Q: How do I know if MTM® Clear•Aligner is right for me?
A: Any trained MTM® Clear•Aligner dental professional can give you the advice you need. Visit our office to learn more about your options!