Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is a very effective, innovative, and safe treatment for achieving dental alignment.
This method has taken some of the best aspects of braces and adjusted the materials and the treatment so that it is more suitable to an adult’s lifestyle.
Offering much faster results than traditional braces, this treatment involves the use of clear wires and brackets to help move and align the teeth that are more noticeable when a person smiles.
By using state of the art technology, this treatment can quickly and effectively transform your smile by aligning your teeth in a much more discreet and comfortable way.
Six Month Smiles Treatment Benefits
- Quicker results
This treatment on average only takes around six months to complete, hence the name. In comparison to other dental procedures, it takes significantly less time to achieve the smile you desire.
- Much more discreet
Many people don’t apply traditional braces simply because they dislike the thought of having their mouth full of noticeable metal. Six Month Smiles use wires and braces that are made to look as close to natural teeth colour as you can get, being therefore considerably less noticeable.
Can this treatment really be done in six months?
Yes, the average time for the complete corrective treatment is around six months. However, there are some cases where it only takes about four months and others where it may take approximately nine.
The full duration of the treatment will depend on various factors, such as the current alignment of the patient’s teeth or their personal desired goals. But this treatment usually averages around six months for the most.
Who can benefit the most from this treatment?
This treatment can help with numerous dental problems. Issues like tipping, overcrowding, rotations, intrusions and extrusions can be addressed in much shorter timescales than with conventional methods.
Six Month Smiles is considered highly beneficial and the most advisable orthodontic option for those with cosmetic dental concerns and for patients who don’t require complicated corrective procedures for their occlusion or biting force problems.
It’s a great solution for less complex issues including:
- Spacing and Diastemas
- Crowding or overlapping teeth
- Overbites and open bites
- Asymmetry and canted midlines
- Inverse smile lines
What’s involved in this procedure?
There are a few stages involved within this course of treatment:
1. The initial consultation
During the initial consultation, your dentist will perform a thorough examination of your teeth, gums and oral health to determine whether or not the treatment is suitable for you.
This process usually involves x-rays, intraoral and facial photographs, followed by impressions of your teeth so that models can be fabricated to show how they fit together.
2. Custom made trays
Once your dentist determines that you are suitable for this procedure, the models from the impressions are sent to the laboratory in order to make the necessary calculations regarding how your teeth need to be moved to achieve the desired straightened and aligned effects.
It will also be determined where best to fit the clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires to get the best results.
3. Fitting your braces
Once everything is ready and prepared, on your next appointment you will be fitted with your clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires. Your dentist will use the custom designed tray to place the brackets and ensure correct fitting. The method requires bonding adhesive to be applied to your teeth and brackets so that they fit nicely and securely.
Once everything’s set, the tray is removed. The adhesive is then hardened using high-intensity light to ensure the brackets are correctly secured, and then it’s time for your dentist to fit the tooth-coloured wires. The wires are adjusted to encourage correct tooth movement over time.
You will be given advice on how to clean and maintain the braces to ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.
Check-ups afterwards usually happen every four weeks for your dentist to monitor progress and retighten your braces if needed.
5. Completion of the treatment
This is the last phase of your treatment. Your dentist will remove the braces and explain your retention options. These are tailored to you and your lifestyle and necessary in order to prevent any relapses.
Recovery & After Care
There may be some slight discomfort and even soreness in the first six hours following each session. That is due to the arch wires doing their corrective work and tightening the teeth into position. The soreness tends to subside fairly quickly, and around three to five days, you shouldn’t feel any discomfort at all.
Six Month Smiles uses low force treatments, and so unlike traditional methods, it’s less invasive and generally causes less discomfort.
- Oral Hygiene & Diet
Regular brushing of your teeth is essential throughout the recovery process. The use of interdental toothbrushes and water picks is recommended to fully clean the hard to reach areas located underneath the dental arch wires. Fluoride mouthwashes afterwards help to take care of tooth enamel and structure.
There may be some necessary changes to your diet that you have to address. Things such as sticky and hard foods can be problematic as they may stick under the braces or break the bonds between brackets and enamel. Sugary and acidic foods should also be avoided as they can make oral hygiene much harder and lead to enamel damage.
Once the treatment is complete and the braces removed, your dentist will encourage you to wear removable retainers at night to ensure that your teeth do not move back to their original position again.
If you have cosmetic issues with your teeth that you would like to have corrected, this new dental procedure can give you the smile you want in much less time – and at much less cost as well.
Contact us today to learn all about our Six Month Smiles treatment.