Six Month Smiles
Are you one of the millions of adults in need of adult braces who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile? Then Six Month Smiles® Short Term Orthodontic Treatment may be the answer.
Six Month Smiles® short term orthodontic treatment is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics. There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.
Here is what makes Six Month Smiles® so innovative …
- Average treatment times of only six months
- Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok™ clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible
- Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result
- Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable
- Low forces and short overall treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene
Commonly asked questions
Q: How can teeth be straightened in only six months with adult braces?
A: The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely with clear adult braces. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.
Q: Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal braces for the whole time?
A: No! Six Month Smiles uses clear braces that are barely visible to gently straighten your teeth.
Q: How are Six Month Smiles braces more comfortable than regular braces?
A: Six Month Smiles uses low force to move teeth gently. Many people think that the accelerated braces treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.
Q: Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?
A: There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles.
Q: Will I have to wear a retainer?
A: Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.
What to Expect while wearing Braces
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT: Your teeth and lips will be sore for about 1-2 weeks (everyone is different). If you have BITE GUARDS placed on your teeth (most patients will have), you will only be able to bite on the bite guards. Your other teeth won’t touch until about 2-4 months into treatment.
IF ONE OF THE BRACES/BRACKETS COME OFF: If a braces pops off your tooth, it will sometimes come out of your mouth and it will sometimes stay on the wire. If it isn’t hurting you, try to hang on to it until you come in for your next adjustment.
AVOID THE FOLLOWING FOODS: Anything that is harder than a pretzel. Avoid crusts, nuts, bagels, chicken wings, popcorn kernels, raw vegetables, whole fruit, candy, toffee and ANY OTHER FOOD THAT COULD DISLODGE ONE OF YOUR BRACES. Spaghetti sauce, red wine, coffee, tea, strawberries, blue berries, curry, dark sodas, red juices and other highly coloured foods/drinks can stain your braces. Try to limit them.
BRUSH AND FLOSS YOUR TEETH: Brush like crazy! It is your responsibility to keep your teeth and braces clean. Keep all plaque off of your teeth so that it doesn’t harden up and turn into tartar.