6 Month Braces
Traditional metal braces can take up to 2 years for full results to be achieved. The Six Month Smiles orthodontic solution can achieve cosmetic results for patients in much less time.
Understanding Six Month Smiles
The Six Month Smiles brace system is considered to be an accelerated orthodontic treatment that is designed specifically for the straightening of your front teeth, or the teeth that are visible when you smile. The desired cosmetic results are typically seen within a few short months.
The fast results are because this orthodontic treatment is focused purely on tackling the cosmetic and on straightening just the front teeth.
Results of treatment can vary, based upon personal circumstances, but the majority of patients are able to see their desired results within 6 months of starting the treatment. This orthodontic solution is the method of choice for patients who have very minor issues to correct in their smile.
The brackets that are placed on each tooth are clear, and the wires used are typically tooth-coloured. This allows for more discretion in wear, which is very often an important consideration for adults who are looking to correct just minor cosmetic concerns.
What can Six Month Smiles treat
The Six Month Smiles system differs from other orthodontic solutions as it does not correct concerns that extend past the cosmetic.
Cosmetic orthodontic concerns that can be treated include the following.
- Minor crowding and overlapping of teeth
- Gaps between front teeth
- Moderately off-centered teeth or asymmetry
- Mild to moderate overbites and open bites
Concerns beyond these mild to moderate cosmetic issues cannot be addressed by this treatment. More extensive orthodontic treatments will need to be considered if there are larger concerns.
Traditional metal braces can address a number of orthodontic concerns, primarily addressing issues with the patient’s bite. Most adults do not need bite correction so they are typically much more focused on seeing cosmetic results. The Six Month Smiles braces apply gradual but steady and gentle pressure to the teeth that are visible when you smile. The teeth will shift into the desired position, correcting those minor cosmetic issues that have meant a reluctance to smile wide.
The Six Month Smiles treatment procedure is routine and will not cause any pain. At most, some patients may feel some minor discomfort.
- An orthodontic consultation is the first step towards getting Six Month Smiles braces.
- The cosmetic concerns will be evaluated, X-rays, intraoral images and impressions will be taken.
- Models will be fabricated in the laboratory to calculate the movements needed to remedy cosmetic concerns.
- The clear brackets and the tooth-coloured wires will be created.
- Patients will return to the clinic to have the brackets bonded and the arch wires threaded.
- Patients will return to the clinic every 4 to 6 weeks so that progress can be mapped and adjustments made to the arch wires.
- A retainer will need to be worn after treatment, to prevent teeth from shifting into undesired positions.
The total treatment length will vary based upon the cosmetic needs of the individual patient. The average treatment will be 6 months. Some patients are able to achieve their desired results in as few as 4 months, while others may need up to 9 months to see the best in results.
Your orthodontist will work with you so that you have a solid idea as to the timeline you are facing with your braces.
Benefits of Six Month Smiles
The primary benefit of this orthodontic treatment is, of course, the relatively short period of time that it takes for patients to achieve their cosmetic results. Comprehensive orthodontic solutions, which will straighten each of your teeth and impact the way that they bite together, can take between 12 and 24 months. Six Month Smiles isn’t faster because it is shifting your teeth quicker, but because it is only focused on the straightening of your front teeth.
While these braces are not wholly invisible, they are much less conspicuous when they are in place. The clear brackets and the tooth-coloured wires are discreet.
These braces are reported by patients as being a more comfortable orthodontic option over the traditional braces. The relatively shorter treatment period also means that these braces are more affordable for patients who are looking simply for cosmetic adjustments.
Potential drawbacks to Six Month Smiles.
The Six Month Smiles treatment is not recommended for patients who may have complex bite concerns and severe misalignment. These braces are primarily intended for the correction of anterior spacing and any alignment concerns that can impact spacing.
Patients may struggle with brushing their teeth properly, and flossing is typically not possible with this type of orthodontic solution.
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