Belmont Dental Associates

General and Cosmetic Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Haledon, NJ & Caldwell, NJ

At the Caldwell and Haledon, New Jersey, offices of Belmont Dental Associates, Dominick A. Lembo, DMD, and the team of dental health specialists correct your smile with MTM® clear aligners. This alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment straightens your teeth with nearly invisible aligner trays, making it virtually impossible for anyone to see that you’re having orthodontic treatment. If you’re ready to correct your smile, call or schedule an appointment online today.

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What are aligners?

Aligners are clear trays, made from BPA-free, medical grade plastic, custom-made to fit your teeth. The aligners move your teeth into the proper position by placing gentle pressure that corrects your teeth alignment and smile.

Your dentist Belmont Dental Associates recommends aligners to correct overbites, underbites, and teeth that are:

  • Gapped
  • Overcrowded
  • Crooked

More severe orthodontic issues may benefit from traditional metal braces. Your dentist recommends the orthodontic treatment that will best address your concerns in your personalized treatment plan.

How do clear aligners straighten teeth?

Like traditional braces, aligners put pressure on your teeth to guide them into the new positions. First, your dentist takes images of your teeth and uses those pictures to create a map of how your teeth must move to correct your smile.

Next, the aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth precisely. You change to a new aligner every two weeks to gradually shift your teeth to the new, correct positions.

What are the benefits of using aligners?

Aligners offer several benefits compared with metal braces. First, your aligners are nearly invisible when wearing them, so there’s no worrying about others seeing a mouth full of metal. Being much less noticeable is often one of the most appealing aspects of aligners to teenagers and adults.

Second, you can take the aligners out to eat and clean your teeth, although you must wear them for 22-23 hours daily for the treatment to be effective. The ability to remove them means you can eat all types of food and brush and floss normally, without brackets and wires getting in the way.

Finally, aligners are more comfortable than traditional braces. Because the aligners are made from smooth plastic, they don’t scratch or irritate your teeth or gums.

Will I need to wear a retainer when my treatment is complete?

When your teeth are in the correct positions, you wear your final set of aligners as a full-time retainer for approximately six months. After six months, or when your dentist tells you to, you only wear your aligners at night when sleeping.

Call or book an appointment online today for you, or your teen, and learn about MTM aligners and how you can finally have a perfect smile.

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