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Orthodontic Care for Santa Fe Smiles

Most of our patients have some level of misalignment and gapping in their teeth, and for many, this causes them to feel very self-conscious about their smiles. Typically, metal braces would be used to correct this kind of issue, but due to their look and the time traditional orthodontics require, many patients avoid getting a treatment they really want and need.

Now, at Santa Fe Dental Associates, we’re able to help our patients get the beautifully straight smiles they desire without a mouthful of metal. Using either Invisalign or the MTM Clear Aligner system, we can straighten the teeth comfortably, effectively, and without altering a patient’s daily life.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is quickly becoming one of the most popular orthodontic treatments across the globe. Rather than using brackets and wires to shift the teeth, it instead relies on a series of crystal clear plastic aligner trays.

A patient simply wears one set of trays for about two weeks before progressing onto the next, each one bringing them closer and closer to their ideal smile. After they have gone through the entire series, they’re finished, and their new smile will be ready for the world!

Invisalign is perfect for image-conscious teens and working adults alike because the trays are practically invisible when worn on the teeth, meaning a person doesn’t have to worry about friends or coworkers noticing their treatment. Even better, the trays are removable, meaning a patient can take them out whenever it’s time to eat or brush their teeth. Also, Invisalign is often able to deliver final results in just a fraction of the time compared to traditional orthodontics: 8-18 months as opposed to two to three years!

What are MTM Clear Aligners?

As you can probably guess from the name, MTM Clear Aligners work very similarly to Invisalign. They have the same subtle appearance and easily slide on and off the teeth, so what is the difference?

“MTM” actually stands for “Minor Tooth Movement.” This treatment focuses solely on straightening the teeth that show when a person smiles, or the six front teeth on the top and bottom, making it more appropriate for patients who just want a minor cosmetic improvement. Also, unlike Invisalign trays, which are held in place using small attachments on the teeth, MTM aligners are custom-made to slip onto the teeth as is.

Because fewer teeth are being moved, they’ll go much faster, meaning treatment times are extremely brief compared to regular braces. Often, we’re able to achieve a dramatic cosmetic enhancement in just 6-12 months!

Are These Treatments Right For You?

Invisalign and MTM Clear Aligners are ideal for helping patients who have mild to moderate misalignments and gaps in their teeth. If a patient has a more complex problem, such as a crooked bite, we will likely refer them to one of our partner orthodontists so they can receive the best care possible.

If you’re interested in getting one of these treatments, all you need to do is contact Santa Fe Dental Associates to schedule an appointment. After a quick exam, we’ll let you know if either is a good option for you. If one is, we can begin your treatment almost immediately!

Don’t wait any longer to get the straighter smile you’ve always wanted! Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more.

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