Six Month Smiles
What Is 6 Month Smiles?
Patients worried about the stigma attached to wearing train track dental braces during adulthood can now benefit from aesthetic white coloured braces called Six Month Smiles.
Six Month Smiles reduces orthodontic treatment time to around 6 months by concentrating only on straightening teeth that are visible when smiling, to perform a smile transformation for people who experience low self-esteem as a result of spaced, crooked or misaligned teeth. Traditional braces on the other hand straighten all the teeth in the mouth and as such need treatment times of around 18-24 months.
Six month smiles can be used to treat a wide variety of orthodontic problems, including crowding, crossbites, overbites and gaps between teeth.
What are the benefits of Six Month Smiles
The discreet white wires and brackets used in Six month smiles provide an aesthetic solution for individuals concerned about the appearance of ugly betty style metal braces. In addition, the gentle nature of the procedure means there will be little pain or discomfort for the duration of the treatment time.
Six month smiles involves having fixed white brackets and wires to straighten teeth and this is not as discreet as Invisalign which involves having almost invisible removable aligners. However Six month smiles treatment is quicker than Invisalign and is more efficient than Invisalign in carrying out certain tooth movements such as tooth rotations and extrusions.
Please speak to one of our cosmetic dentists regarding the options for straightening your teeth and they will be sure to provide you with an unbiased opinion as to which orthodontic treatment will be more suitable for your case.
What does the Six month Smiles treatment involve?
The six months smile programme uses advanced technology to move teeth in a manner that is both quick and safe, focusing on moving the teeth that show during a smile, rather than making every single tooth in the mouth straight. Specialised white nickel titanium wires are used to carry out the procedure.
We would advise you to let us know at the beginning exactly what smile improvements you would like to achieve from the treatment so that we can ensure that your treatment plan is right for you.
Once your records are sent to the Six month smiles lab technicians there go ahead and custom manufacture all of the brackets and braces needed for your treatment. Following manufacture, patients will be fitted with their six month smiles aesthetic braces at the dental clinic by one of our experienced cosmetic dentists.
If teeth crowding exists, our dentists will remove very small amounts of enamel from in-between your teeth where overcrowding occurs to create space. This removal of small amounts of enamel is called IPR (Inter-proximal reduction) and this process is painless and does need tooth injections. Patients with more severe teeth crowding problems may have to have a tooth removed to ensure optimum results.
After the fitting, patients will be asked to make appointments with our dentists once every month to allow the brace to be adjusted and monitored in a bid to move the teeth into their ideal position.
Will the Six Month Smiles braces treatment hurt?
Similarly to other forms of braces, patients could feel some discomfort when the brace is initially installed. The gentle force used to correct the smile means the teeth are able to move slowly, which is unlikely to cause any severe pain for patients.
Our 6 month smiles dentists recommend the use of over-the-counter painkillers to ease any mild discomfort felt during the initial stages of the corrective process.
During the first week or so after the installation of the braces, patients may find it more difficult to speak and salivate a little more than usual. This normally occurs while the mouth gets used to the foreign object and should not affect individuals for more than a few days.
What happens after the Six Month Smiles braces are removed?
Following the completion of the six month period, patients will be asked to wear retainers to reduce the risk of relapse. This is due to the teeth’s natural tendency to move back to their previous position. All orthodontic procedures require patients to wear retainers after the treatment is completed.
Your clinical practitioner can fit a permanent bonded retainer on the back surfaces of the teeth to ensure the best results. Alternatively, a night-time removable appliance can be chosen by people who are excited to show off their smile transformation.
Are there any alternatives to Six Month Smiles?
Invisalign is an ideal solution for people worried about crowded, spaced or misaligned teeth. During the Invisalign procedure, almost invisible removable aligners are used to straighten teeth with almost no discomfort and the treatment is very discreet.
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