If crooked teeth bother you but you’re not crazy about having metal brackets in your mouth, a simple non-invasive option is within reach. At The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics in Roswell, Georgia, Wyman B. Martin, DDS, uses minor tooth movement (MTM) with clear aligners to correct crooked or misaligned front teeth. Call to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Minor tooth movement, or MTM, is a cosmetic dental treatment that uses clear aligners to slowly shift teeth into proper alignment to improve your smile and its function. It’s a less invasive alternative to traditional metal braces.
Clear aligners are made of clear, comfortable plastic that is free from BPA and PVC. The aligners straighten upper and/or lower teeth to create a functional, aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dr. Martin replaces the aligners, which are custom-made to fit your teeth, as your teeth begin to shift.
For minor tooth movement, clear aligners provide numerous advantages over metal braces. These aligners:
Metal braces may still be a good option in cases where teeth are severely crooked or misaligned, but aligners have a clear advantage when minor tooth movement is all you need.
After an initial consultation, Dr. Martin lets you know if you’re a good candidate for clear aligners. If you are, he takes a mold of your teeth and sends it to a dental lab where they create custom-made aligners.
Once the aligners are ready, you wear them for 22 hours a day. You can take them out to eat and brush and floss your teeth.
The aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth, slowly shifting them into a desirable position. The number of aligners you need varies, as each case is different.
After 2-3 weeks of wearing original aligners, you move on to the next set. Treatment may last as little as 3-6 months, depending on how crooked or misaligned your teeth are. After your teeth reach the desired positions, you wear retainers to ensure they stay in place.
When you’re ready to find out if clear aligners are right for you, call The Martin Dental Center for Oral Health and Aesthetics, or schedule a consultation online today.