Over the years, orthodontic technology has advanced to the point where doctors no long need to use braces to straighten teeth or correct smiles. While deciding to undergo orthodontic treatment still requires careful consideration, our orthodontist here at JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center can help make your treatment a little easier with MTM® Clear Aligners in Sterling, Virginia, distributed by Dentsply Sirona. To help you decide if this treatment option is right for you, we invite you to read through the following information and call 703-444-4188 to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Dr. Joyce Bahng and associates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is Dentsply Sirona?

A: Dentsply Sirona is the largest manufacturer for dental appliances and technology in the world. Our brands are highly trusted and have enabled dental professionals everywhere to provide their patients with safer, better, faster and more efficient care for more than 100 years. Every day, our products make a difference for over six million dental patients by helping them regain their ability to eat, speak and smile with great confidence. Learn more about Dentsply Sirona today.

Q: What does MTM stand for?

A: MTM stands for “minor tooth movement.” The MTM Clear Aligner is often recommended when either the upper teeth, lower teeth or both only require minimal corrective movement. The treatment involves a series of removable, clear and comfortable aligners that quickly move your teeth into place and improve your smile..

Q: What is the difference between clear braces, invisible braces, lingual braces and MTM aligners?

A: Invisible braces is often used to refer to both clear braces or lingual braces. Clear braces are very similar to traditional metal braces, but their brackets are clear and made to blend in more with your teeth. Lingual braces are placed on the back of your teeth instead of on the front; this makes them less visible to others. Both lingual and clear braces are attached to your teeth, like traditional braces. MTM aligners, however, are removable, much like a retainer. This makes it easier to continue regular dental hygiene habits, such as brushing and flossing.

Q: How clear are the aligners?

A: MTM aligners are made with a plastic that is designed for “contact clarity,” which means that each aligner is almost completely invisible when being worn. We only use high-quality materials to produce a virtually undetectable treatment option for those who want to straighten their smile.

Q: Are the aligners comfortable?

A: Each MTM Clear Aligner is custom-made to fit your unique smile. At first, the aligners may feel a little weird, but most people hardly notice them after a day or two.

Q: How long do I have to wear the aligners each day?

A: For best results, you will need to wear your aligners at all times. You can remove them when you are eating, drinking hot liquids, or brushing and flossing your teeth.

Q: How long does the MTM Clear Aligner treatment take?

A: Because each person is different, your treatment time may vary from others. However, because the MTM Clear Aligner treats only minimal movement, you can typically complete your treatment is as little as 3 or 6 months.

Q: Will I have to wear a retainer after my treatment is complete?

A: Yes. As with any orthodontic corrective treatment, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from moving back into their uneven positions. There are several retainer options available, and our orthodontist can help you know which one is best for you.

Q: Is MTM Clear Aligner recommended for all ages?

A: The MTM Clear Aligner treatment is most often recommended for patients who have all of their permanent teeth, including their second molars. Patients also need to be able to correctly follow the treatment guidelines and care requirements.

Q: How long has MTM Clear Aligner been around?

A: This unique teeth-straightening system is based on a proprietary system that an orthodontist developed more than 10 years ago. Ever since this system was developed, dental professionals have been using MTM aligners to successfully treat patients without using traditional braces.

Q: How does the price compare to other orthodontic treatments?

A: Each treatment is different, which means that each treatment cost will vary. However, MTM Clear Aligner usually costs less than more traditional orthodontic treatments, such as traditional or clear braces. When you visit JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center, we can evaluate your treatment options and costs to help you know which treatment is right for you.

Q: What are the aligners made of?

A: MTM Clear Aligner is made of a BPA- and PVC-free plastic.

Q: Are there any health benefits related to the MTM Clear Aligner treatment?

A: Straightening your teeth with MTM Clear Aligner can help improve your oral health. Straighter teeth will make it easier to practice dental hygiene and can help keep your gums healthier. Crooked and misaligned teeth make it more difficult to brush and floss every part of each tooth, which makes you more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease and other problems.

Q: How do I know if MTM Clear Aligner is right for me?

A: Our orthodontist, Dr. Joyce Bahng, is trained in treating patients with MTM Clear Aligner. Because she knows the ins and outs of this procedure, she can evaluate your oral health and help you know if this treatment is right for you.