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
Six Month Smiles is a breakthrough invisible and transparent braces system designed for adults that can give you an aesthetically pleasing smile you’ve always wanted in as little as six months. The aesthetic braces target the teeth that show when you smile to provide you with the desired results in a shorter timeframe than traditional braces. As the name suggests, Six Month Smiles is typically completed within six months; however, treatment time may vary depending on the individual patient’s smile goals. Upon completion of treatment, patients are left with a straighter, healthier-looking smile.
Because Six Month Smiles focuses on the visible teeth in the smile zone, it is often considered a cosmetic procedure; however, Six Month Smiles can also improve the function and health of teeth and bite alignment. Please contact our Orthodontic Clinic in Dublin to see if Six Month Smiles is right for you! Unlike traditional metal braces, Six Month Smiles uses tooth-coloured brackets, wires, or invisible aligners to move your teeth into the correct position gradually. In addition, because it’s a shorter treatment time, Six Month Smiles is perfect for busy adults who want to get their smile correction done quickly and efficiently. If you’re interested in discovering if Six Month Smiles is suitable for you, call our office today for a consultation.
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 are often the first choice for many, but they are not always the most convenient or aesthetic option. Six Month Smiles invisible aligners may be the ideal solution for patients looking for a more discreet way to straighten their teeth. These clear aligners are barely noticeable when worn, and the patient can remove them for eating and cleaning.
Another great option with Six Month Smiles is their clear braces that use transparent brackets and tooth-coloured wires that are practically invisible. And because they focus on the teeth that show when you smile, they can usually be completed in about six months – much shorter than traditional braces. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear and easier to keep clean than metal braces. If you’re interested in learning more about Six Month Smiles, contact our Orthodontic clinic to learn more about the process of realigning your teeth.
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 initial consultation is an essential step in the six-month smiles process. During your first visit, we will take a complete set of x-rays, photos and impressions of your teeth. We will also assess and check your medical history and thoroughly examine your mouth, teeth and gums. It would be best if you had any outstanding dental treatment before starting your six-month smiles journey. Once your initial records have been completed, the information will help us develop a personalised treatment plan tailored to your needs. In addition, the consultation allows you to ask any questions you may have about the treatment process. We want you to feel confident and comfortable with your decision to improve your smile, and we will take as much time as you need to address your concerns. During this appointment, we will discuss the options available with Six Month Smiles, including invisible aligners and clear braces, to assist you in making an informed decision about your Orthodontic treatment.
Once you have decided with your Orthodontist the best route for Orthodontic treatment and have had time to consider the options, you will be ready to have your new braces or aligners fitted. The Orthodontist will use the records from your first appointment to plan your treatment and prepare your aligners or braces for your treatment.
If you have chosen to have the Six Month Smiles clear braces, Your Orthodontist will fit the brackets onto each one of your teeth that is visible in your smile line with a dental bonding agent, which is then cured to hold them in place. The brackets will then be adjusted for comfort. The final step is to attach the wire that will move your teeth into their correct position; this connects to the brackets. The process will likely take less than an hour, and you will start seeing results in as little as a few weeks. You must attend follow-up appointments every four to six weeks to tighten the wires and monitor your treatment progress.
Six Month Smiles invisible aligners use a series of clear, plastic tray-like appliances that gradually shift teeth into their proper position. Each set of aligners is worn for one to two weeks before being replaced with the next set in the series. A significant advantage of clear aligners is that they are much less visible than braces, even white or clear braces, so people undergoing treatment can maintain a more natural-looking smile. In addition, clear aligners are removable for eating and brushing, so there is no need to worry about food getting stuck in brackets or wires. Once it has been determined that clear aligners are appropriate, the Orthodontist will make impressions of your teeth or a digital scan to create your custom treatment plan. The next step is to receive your first set of aligners and begin wearing them for 22 hours a day. Finally, you will need to visit your Orthodontist or dentist every four to six weeks so they can monitor your progress and provide you with the next set of aligners required for your treatment.
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.
As with any braces, it is essential to take good care of your Six-Month Smiles to ensure that the treatment is effective and that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Here are some tips for looking after your Six-Month Smiles:
– Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
– Floss daily, using a floss threader if necessary to reach the spaces between your teeth.
– Avoid hard and chewy foods as well as sugary drinks and candy.
– Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or engaging in other activities that could impact the mouth.
– Attend all scheduled appointments so that the Orthodontist can monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure that your Six-Month Smile treatment is successful and that your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout the process.
Once your treatment has ended, it will be time to have your braces removed, and any ‘finishing touches’ treatments can be completed. The braces will be removed with a small dental bur, gently removing the brackets without leaving any residue behind. You may also decide to have either a whitening treatment or composite bonding to perfect your newly aligned smile!
After your Six-Month Smiles treatment is complete, and your brackets have been removed, you will need to wear a retainer to maintain your new smile. Wearing a retainer is an essential part of the treatment process, and it is important to follow your Orthodontist’s instructions for wearing and caring for your retainer. Depending on your case, you may need to wear your retainer all the time or only at night. You should clean your retainer daily with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste and soak it in a solution recommended by your Orthodontist. With proper care, your retainer will help to keep your smile looking its best for years to come.
If you are considering invisible aligners, Six Month Smiles may be the perfect choice for you. Our specialists will work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your unique needs and gives you the confident smile you deserve in just six months. So please book a consultation at our Orthodontic Clinic in Dublin today to start your journey to straighter teeth!
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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