Invisible aligners were first popularized by Invisalign, which presented an exciting alternative to traditional metal braces. Sometimes mistakenly referred to as clear braces, these orthodontic appliances use a series of custom-made aligners to gently shift your teeth into their ideal position. Today, invisible aligners are taken even further with the introduction of the Essix Minor Tooth Movement (MTM) Clear-Aligner, a comfortable, effective, and affordable teeth aligner system. With MTM Clear-Aligner, Dr. Shepherd can perform orthodontic correction of many minor functional and aesthetic issues, including spacing, crowding, bite misalignment, tipping, and rotation, to not only create a more beautiful smile, but improve oral health.
Advantages of the MTM Clear-Aligner
The MTM Clear-Aligner has several advantages over both traditional metal braces and other invisble alignment systems:
MTM aligners are made with PVC and BPA-free plastics formulated for optimal clarity, making them virtually undetectable to the eye.
Invisible aligners are comfortable and won't disturb sensitive oral tissues.
Treatment usually takes less time than either metal braces or other invisible alignment systems, letting you enjoy your new smile sooner.
The MTM Clear-Aligner typically costs a fraction of other invisible aligners like Invisalign.
How Does the MTM Clear-Aligner Work?
The orthodontic process begins with Dr. Kvarnstrom evaluating whether or not you are a good candidate for the MTM Clear-Aligner to ensure that you are getting the right treatment for your needs. If these types of clear braces are right for you, he will take impressions of your teeth and create a custom-made alignment tray that you will wear daily. The tray is re-activated every two weeks to gently move your teeth, creating a more aesthetically pleasing and functionally correct arrangement. The length of treatment depends on the unique needs of each person, but in many cases the process is completed in as little as 3-6 months.
We invite you to contact us with any questions about your orthodontic needs, clear aligners, or any other general or cosmetic dental services you may require. We are happy to set up an appointment to get to know you in our Fountain Valley office and discuss how we can meet your treatment goals.