If you have put off straightening your teeth because you can’t imagine wearing conventional braces for two or three years, there is a better solution. Six Month Smiles® dentist Dr. Ashley Price can give you a beautiful smile much more quickly and easily.
How Do Six Month Smiles Work?
Traditional orthodontic treatment is designed to bring all of your teeth into alignment and to correct any problems with your bite. Six Month Smiles treatment is a great alternative that straightens just the teeth in the front of your mouth—the ones that show when you smile. Clear braces with tooth-colored wires gently move your teeth into alignment. Results are achieved in an average of six months, but treatment time can last between four and nine months. The photo above shows a patient’s smile before treatment.
The Six Month Smiles Procedure
During your first appointment, we’ll complete a comprehensive examination, taking digital x-rays of your teeth and making precise impressions. Dr. Price will work with you to determine your best treatment options. Once you have decided, she will send the results of your exam and the impressions to the Six Month Smiles processing facility. Technicians will then create custom-fit clear braces with tooth-colored wire for you. Once we receive them, Dr. Price will bond them to your teeth using custom bonding trays. The photo above shows these on the same patient.
Finalizing Six Month Smiles Treatment
You will return our office about every four weeks so Dr. Price can make adjustments to your braces and make sure you are progressing. In four to nine months, you will have the beautifully straight smile you’ve always wanted. You can continue to wear a removable retainer, or you can choose to have Dr. Price bond one to the insides of your teeth.
Comparing Six Month Smiles and Invisalign®
Dr. Price will help you decide which treatment is most appropriate for you, but here are some things to consider. The clear brackets and wires used with Six Month Smiles are bonded to your teeth, while you can remove Invisalign’s clear plastic aligners. Some dentists feel the removable aligners delay treatment and report that Six Month Smiles clear braces work two to three times faster. In addition, the cost of clear braces can be about one third the cost of Invisalign. You can click here to read more about the alternative on our Invisalign page.
If you are ready to find out which treatment options are right for you, call our office. We can schedule you for a complete exam or have you come in to meet with Dr. Price for a brief complimentary consultation.
Note: Photos of treatment are courtesy of Six Month Smiles®.