When it comes to straightening crooked teeth and addressing common malocclusion concerns, orthodontics is often the most suitable method of treatment. Silver Spring dentists, Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy, will recommend orthodontics for children and adult patients when appropriate to treat a range of problems. We can improve both aesthetic and structural dental issues with orthodontics near you.
Invisible braces or clear aligners can be the perfect solution for teens and adults who have mild to moderate orthodontic concerns. Clear aligners can treat:
- Crowding of teeth, spacing issues
- Gaps between teeth
We offer ClearCorrect® and MTM® clear aligner systems to straighten teeth in less time. All of our orthodontic treatments have minimal discomfort and little to no dietary restrictions. Your dentist will work with you to determine the best option for your needs. After a thorough evaluation, we will create your personalized treatment plan to address all of your concerns.
Invisible braces and clear aligners offer several key benefits:
- Discreet treatment: Especially for patients who do not want the embarrassment of metal braces.
- Easily removable: Aligners can be removed to enjoy your favorite foods and maintain your dental health with proper tooth brushing and flossing.
- Shorter treatment times: with most patients completing their treatment in less than a year.
- Comfort and convenience: The material does not irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. Aligners can be transported easily when traveling.
ClearCorrect® vs. MTM®
Both of these crooked teeth treatment options provide a clear aligner system that will help you attain straight teeth. Although, the severity of your oral health needs and cosmetic goals will play a role in what we recommend for you.
MTM, short for Minor Tooth Movement, provides quick and easy treatment for minor concerns. It is typically the perfect solution for adult patients with concerns more cosmetic in nature and without bite problems. It’s best used to treat a single crooked tooth or just a couple of crooked teeth. Patients will usually complete treatment using MTM in about 3-6 months.
What to Expect: Clear Aligners
The process for orthodontic treatment using clear aligners in our Silver Spring Dentist office is virtually painless. We will begin with a consultation and discussion of your dental needs and cosmetic goals.
Once the type of aligner system is chosen, we will take digital impressions and any other diagnostics needed for treatment planning. Your custom aligners will be made using CAD/CAM technology. We will be able to accurately utilize your dental impressions to facilitate tooth movement as it changes throughout treatment.
We will customize each set of set aligners to meet your needs. You change out aligners about once every two weeks to slowly shift your teeth into the ideal alignment. You need to wear the aligners for around 22 hours each day to be completely effective. They should remain in your mouth unless you’re eating, drinking something that isn’t water, or brushing and flossing.
We require that you visit us every 6-8 weeks for checkups to monitor treatment progress. This will help us make adjustments as needed to ensure the most successful and comfortable results. The removable aligners allow us to provide you with normal routine dentistry during treatment to maintain your dental health.
Once treatment is complete, we recommend that you wear a retainer nightly for long term maintenance. This will keep your teeth in the proper position and avoid orthodontic relapse. We want your beautiful new smile to last as long as possible. Dr. Dechter and Dr. Moy will work with you to monitor any changes in the fit of your bite over time.
Clear Aligners FAQs
Do clear aligners take longer for treatment than traditional metal braces?
In most cases, clear aligners work faster than metal brackets and wires. The aligners will apply pressure to all the teeth at the same thus shifting them all together. Metal braces have brackets that focus on moving an individual tooth. However, each patient will have different needs and different total treatment time.
Do clear aligners stain?
Yes, clear aligners can stain. You must be aware of what you are consuming. However, the greatest benefit is you can remove them to eat or drink. If you do want to consume a staining food or drink, simply remove your aligner, and then brush your teeth after consuming the item and replacing your aligners.
Can I use clear aligners to straighten my bottom teeth?
Your dentist can use clear aligners to treat upper and lower teeth. They can realign teeth so that you bite become straight. Both clear aligners and metal braces serve the same purpose, so we can use them interchangeably on top and bottom teeth.
What can you not eat with clear aligners?
It is always best to avoid sticky or extremely hard foods and candy while undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment. This includes caramel, gum, nuts, popcorn, any type of hard candy, any type of chewy candy, etc. This is because they interfere with most types of orthodontic treatments. Also, even the best dental care efforts to remove them from teeth can leave behind bits and pieces.