MTM Clear Aligners
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About the Procedure
Many adults who wore braces as children still suffer from crooked teeth, especially when proper aftercare was not stringently adhered to. For those who did not consistently wear a retainer after completing previous orthodontic care, the teeth will eventually migrate into their previous positions. Formerly straight teeth become crowded or rotated which can be frustrating. Adults may be reluctant to seek treatment for imperfect smiles, worried that years of metal wires and brackets will be required once again to straighten teeth. Patients that only require treatment for their front 8 teeth may be good candidates for the MTM Clear Aligner system. MTM, which stands for minor tooth movement, uses a series of custom clear trays to gradually adjust the position of the teeth, much like Invisalign, Simpli5, and Clear Correct. Patients will need to visit their orthodontist for a consultation to determine if they are a good candidate for the MTM system. Once candidacy is determined, a mold will be taken of the teeth in order to create the series of custom trays. The tray will take 3-4 weeks to be made. Patients will return to their orthodontist's office once the first tray is made to ensure proper fit. It is important to wear the aligner for at least 20-22 hours daily for best results. Trays will be replaced every 2 weeks until treatment is complete.
The goal of the MTM Clear Aligner system is to improve a number of dental imperfections of the front teeth such as crowding, too much space between teeth, overbite, crossbite, openbite, and overjet.
What to Expect
MTM Clear Aligners are discreet, plastic trays used to gradually realign the front 8 teeth for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after treatment with MTM Clear Aligners.
- Mold will be taken of the teeth in order to create a custom treatment plan
- X-rays may also be taken to track teeth movement
Trays changed every two weeks until teeth have shifted into their final positions. Aligners are typically worn for at least 20 hours a day, only being removed for eating or brushing the teeth.
Once the MTM aligners are in place, there is typically minimal irritation and discomfort apart from the first initial days while the patient adjusts to the trays. No recovery time is needed.
Ideal candidates for MTM Clear Aligners wish to improve dental imperfections of the front 8 teeth such as mildly crooked teeth, protruding teeth, gaps, overcrowding, or rotated teeth.
Not Recommended For
MTM Clear Aligners are not recommended for children as their mouths are still growing and typically do not have the dedication to finish the program. Patients with severe orthodontic issues are not candidates because the jaw needs to be shifted.
Side effects of MTM Clear Aligners may include minor speech impediments or hindrance to proper and comfortable speech. Patients may also experience bad breath, dry mouth, and increased salivation. By only addressing the alignment of the front 8 teeth, patients may experience issues with their overall bite.