Other than the more commonly known clear aligner, Invisalign®, Kneib Dentistry offers an alternative, called "MTM Clear Aligner". MTM treatment is typically for the less severe orthodontic cases that present minimal crowding of teeth. The main focus of this treatment is to address anterior teeth (front six teeth). MTM literally stands for "Minor Tooth Movement", which means that this treatment is usually quicker and requires fewer visits to the dentist. Due to the minimal amount of treatment, it typically translates to a less costly form of orthodontic care.
What is the difference between MCT Clear Aligners and Invisalign?
The main difference between MTM Clear Aligners and Invisalign is the brand name and the price point. MTM Clear Aligners cost $3,000 on average whereas Invisalign has a starting cost of about $3,500. This is because MTM Clear Aligners are typically used by patients who need minor corrections made, while Invisalign is a longer process for more severe orthodontic cases. Apart from that, the two types of clear aligners offer similar benefits.
To know what alternative orthodontic care is best for your teeth and lifestyle however, it is best to schedule a consultation and speak directly with one of our trained professionals.
Can I eat and drink with my MCT Clear Aligners?
It is not recommended to eat or drink anything while wearing your MTM Clear Aligners, with plain water being the only exception. Colored or sugary drinks can discolor your aligner and even trap tooth-harming substances between the aligner and your teeth which, in serious cases, can lead to decay. Eating food while wearing a clear aligner has a similar effect.
Additionally, it is recommended that patients also remove their MCT Clear Aligners when consuming hot beverages (such as tea and coffee) which run the joint risk of discoloring the orthodontic treatment and warping it from heat.
What can MTM Clear Aligners do for me?
MTM Clear Aligners can straighten mildly crooked teeth, enhance and perfect your smile, and boost your confidence! MTM Clear Aligners are a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatments to straighten teeth, especially in patients who only have minor crowding of teeth. For more information on how clear aligners can help you, it is important to do your research and call your dentist to schedule an appointment.
Can you smoke (or vape) with clear aligners in place?
Dentists do not recommend vaping or smoking while wearing clear aligners. While these habits can be harmful to a patient's health regardless of orthodontic care they may be undergoing, vaping or smoking can cause additional complications with clear aligners. Smoking and vaping can stain, discolor, and otherwise harm clear aligners, so dentists urge patients not to practice these habits while wearing their aligners.
I cracked my MTM Clear Aligner...what do I do?
If you have cracked your MTM Clear Aligner it is important to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist or dentist. A cracked or damaged clear aligner can cause a variety of problems such as sores or cuts in the mouth created by sharp edges, or even a set back of orthodontic treatment. This is because damage to the aligner can change its shape, ultimately changing the movement of your teeth or tooth.
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Are MTM Clear Aligners best for me?
If you have crooked teeth, but not so much so that your situation warrants traditional braces, MTM may be the perfect option for you. That is because MTM stands for "minor tooth movement." MTM Clear Aligners are best for patients with minimal crowding of teeth who would like to straighten their anterior teeth (the front six).
To be sure that this is the best form of orthodontic care for you or your child, be sure to schedule an appointment to consult your dentist.