Six Month Smiles is a revolutionary and modern straightening treatment, which offers patients a more discreet, efficient and cost effective option. It focuses only on the front teeth which show when you smile, and is targeted specifically to each patient, helping to straighten teeth quickly and safely.
Unlike other virtually invisible treatments available, the Six Month Smiles braces can be seen. However, the tooth-coloured braces and clear brackets are discreet and aesthetically pleasing.
Braces are by far the most popular and successful method of helping patients to achieve healthy, straight teeth in a safe way. The Six Month Smiles system uses the best and most effective features of traditional braces but adapts the treatment method and materials in order to achieve the same results in a much faster time.
Initially, your dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth, ensuring they are all healthy and suitable for straightening treatment. We will take x-rays, digital scans and photographs of your teeth. Your dentist will also ask if you have any questions or particular hopes for your results, so this can be taken into account in your treatment plan.
Your custom made braces will be created in a specialised lab, using the accurate images and scans to ensure they will exactly fit onto your teeth in the correct places and achieve the desired results.
Once your braces are ready, your dentist will receive them in a customised tray kit, with the brackets and wires precisely placed in the perfect positions for your case. At your fitting appointment, the brackets will be bonded to your teeth using dental adhesive, which is hardened using a high intensity light to make sure it is secure.
Throughout the course of your Six Month Smiles treatment, you will need regular appointments with your dentist. These will be fairly short, taking 10-15 minutes in total, and will allow your dentist to adjust your brace, monitor your teeth and ensure your treatment is going to plan.
If your teeth are overcrowded, it is possible to remove very small amounts of enamel from between them to help create space. This is a painless procedure which does not require any injections. Whole teeth can also be removed to ensure the best results.
It is common to feel some discomfort or slight soreness when your braces are first fitted, but this will be temporary and over the counter painkillers should help.
Despite a general assumption that Six Month Smiles treatment is more abrupt due to the shorter timescales, the system actually uses a lower force to move teeth so less pain or discomfort is expected compared with traditional braces. There is also a lower risk of root or nerve damage and other orthodontic issues.
As with any teeth straightening treatment, when your brace is removed you will need to wear a retainer. Retainers allow your teeth to stabilise in their new positions and prevent them from moving back. Teeth continue to move throughout your life and can relapse if not guided with a retainer.
You can opt for a removable retainer worn at night or can have one permanently bonded onto the back surfaces of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to discuss which option would be the best for your individual case.
The Six Month Smiles system is best suited to adults with mild to moderate crowding, misalignment or spacing issues in the front teeth. It doesn’t improve your bite but is an effective cosmetic treatment.
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