We Now Offer MTM® Clear•Aligner Orthodontic Treatment
Developed by Dentsply Sirona, a global leader in dental and orthodontic products, MTM® Clear•Aligner is a highly esthetic, cost-effective way to align smiles without the complication of traditional braces.
MTM® Clear•Aligner is designed to treat the common minor anterior misalignments seen in up to 50% of the U.S. adult population. Its unique “open pathway” architecture and integrated "force points" allow teeth to move easily and naturally into the desired position. In addition, there are no unsightly attachments to the teeth, making treatment virtually invisible.
We are pleased to be able to offer MTM® Clear•Aligner orthodontic treatment here in Cass City. Working directly with Densply Sirona, we can help you achieve straighter teeth and a more beautiful smile.
We continue to work closely with area orthodontist for those patients who require major tooth movements and have upper and lower jaw discrepancies. Because of the complex nature of growth and development, developing children (who do not yet have all of their second molars erupted) still need to be seen by an orthodontist to correct misalignments of their teeth and jaws.
MTM® Clear•Aligner treatment is often a great option for patients that have had orthodontic treatment in the past, and the teeth have relapsed, becoming somewhat crooked again.
Call us today to see if MTM® Clear•Aligner treatment is right for you.
Straight Talk on MTM® Clear•Aligner for Patients
(Adapted from http://www.mtmclearaligner.com/pub/FAQs)
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 Sirona?
A: Dentsply Sirona is the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies. Our trusted brands have empowered dental professionals to provide better, safer, and faster care for over 100 years. Our products make a difference in the lives of over six million dental patients every day - helping them eat, speak and smile with confidence.
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 wire 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: As with other aligner treatments, for optimum results, you will need to keep your aligner(s) in your mouth at all times except when you are eating, drinking hot liquids, or brushing your teeth.
Q: How long does the MTM® Clear•Aligner treatment take?
A: Because MTM® Clear•Aligner treats cases requiring only minor anterior tooth movement, you can often achieve your desired outcome more quickly than with full orthodontic treatment, sometimes in as little as 3 to 6 months.
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: Is MTM® Clear•Aligner recommended for all age groups?
A: MTM® Clear•Aligner is recommended for patients who have all of their permanent teeth (all second molars), and are able to consistently adhere to the program’s use and care requirements.
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.