MTM AlignersPatients who want a straighter more beautiful smile quickly and without the hassle of brackets and wires now have a great solution – MTM aligners. This unique alignment tray orthodontic system can reposition teeth in just a few months. Most patients achieve their desired results in three to eight months without having to set foot in an orthodontist’s office. Instead, your trusted general dentist can help you achieve a picture-perfect smile without the hassle of brackets and wires. At Cornerstone Dental in Fargo, we offer a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services to meet patients’ needs and keep them smiling. If you want to learn more about MTM aligners or any of our other dental services, call our team to schedule a consultation today. We look forward to seeing you soon.
How They WorkTraditional braces move teeth into position by fusing brackets onto the surfaces of each tooth. Then, wires are connected to each bracket. By adjusting the wires, pressure is placed on specific teeth to gently shift them into their ideal alignment. MTM aligners and other clear braces solutions use a serious of alignment trays to shift teeth into their proper positions. Each set of aligners is formed to represent the position of teeth one step closer to the proper position. Patients will wear these aligners for about two weeks at a time. Then, they exchange the aligners for the next set in the series. Unlike other alignment tray orthodontic systems that correct the entire bite, MTM aligners only reposition the front teeth that are visible when patients smile.
Who Should Consider MTM AlignersMTM aligners work so quickly because they focus on shifting just the teeth you can see when you smile, sometimes called the social six. For adult patients who have a relatively healthy smile and no concerns with jaw pain, strain, or excessive dental wear, aligning just these front teeth can be a better solution than spending a year or more on advanced orthodontic treatments for the whole smile. We don’t recommend these solutions for teens because their smiles are still developing. Adjusting just the front teeth before the smile is fully set can lead to unintentionally moving the back teeth out of position. This can create more advanced bite issues that will require extensive orthodontic treatments to correct.
Benefits of MTM AlignersNo treatment is right for every patient, but for adults with mild to moderate tooth alignment concerns, MTM aligners may be the ideal treatment option. Some of the benefits patients who choose MTM aligners can expect include:
- Look great throughout the treatment process with clear alignment trays
- Achieve your flawless smile in just three to eight months
- Skip the hassles of bracket and wire braces like changes to diet and oral hygiene routines
- More comfortable than traditional brackets and wires for most patients
- Great option for patients with allergies or sensitivities to metal