Unlike traditional orthodontics which can take up to two or more years to complete, Six Month Smiles is a method of short-term adult orthodontics that can usually correct an individual’s smile within five to eight months. Perhaps you had traditional braces as a child but did not follow through with wearing your retainer consistently and now as an adult your smile is crooked again. You want a second chance at improving your smile, but you do not want to go through the hassle of wearing those unsightly metal braces and reliving your teenaged years again. Who can blame you?? With Six Months Smile, not only is the time required to wear them is greatly reduced, but the clear brackets and tooth-colored wires used to move the teeth are barely visible.
The ideal Six Month Smiles patient is an adult who is interested in correcting their front teeth misalignment. Front teeth because of their single roots can move quickly and safely as oppose to multi-rooted back teeth. If the back teeth are required to move, then traditional orthodontics may be a better option. Usually within a timeframe of about 5 to 8 months, 90% of the cosmetic effect desired can be achieved with short-term orthodontics.
Prior to short-term orthodontics, the only option adults had to improve their smiles without undergoing traditional orthodontics was veneers. While veneers can provide a wonderful option in correcting defects or imperfections associated with front teeth, such as severe discolorations, sometimes it is not the best option when fixing crooked teeth. Placing a veneer oftentimes requires removing healthy tooth structure thereby making it an irreversible procedure. If your teeth are attractive, not chipped or discolored and are just crooked or misaligned, then Six Month Smiles would be a much healthier option. If, on the other hand, the front teeth are not only crooked, but also unattractive, then a combination of veneers plus Six Month Smiles would be a great option.
Shortly, we will be offering clear aligners in conjunction with Six Month Smiles to help you discretely and quickly correct your misaligned smile. Stay tuned to our website for the latest news on that development. But in the meantime, please call our office and schedule an appointment to see if you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles. There is no need to feel embarrassed about taking care of yourself and working toward the smile of your dreams.