Far too many adults assume that if they have crooked or gapped teeth, they’ll have to sacrifice their appearance by wearing metal wires and brackets to fix their smile. However, while traditional braces have been the backbone of orthodontic treatment for many years, they aren’t the only option to straighten misaligned teeth. Fortunately, there is a solution that addresses your biggest concerns about undergoing orthodontic treatment as an adult. Six Month Smiles® is a short term orthodontic treatment option that is both discreet and quick!
While flashing braces in your middle school yearbook wouldn’t draw much attention, opening a board meeting among your adult colleagues with bulky metal brackets isn’t as accepted or ideal. But that doesn’t mean you have to avoid orthodontics altogether? Modern alternatives like Six Month Smiles® offer the same effectiveness as traditional braces, but with a shorter timeframe and much less visibility. There are a few key differences about Six Month Smiles® versus traditional braces, so it is important to determine your candidacy for this revolutionary solution to a more confident adult smile.
What Is Six Month Smiles®?
To understand Six Month Smiles, it is helpful to realize how this orthodontic treatment option is distinguished from traditional braces. First and foremost, Six Month Smiles® is more cosmetically pleasing. Just like traditional braces, Six Month Smiles® relies on brackets and wires to move your teeth into ideal position. However, the brackets are clear and the wires are tooth-colored, so you won’t have to worry about hiding your teeth during orthodontic treatment.
The second main advantage of choosing Six Month Smiles® is a shorter treatment time. As an adult, you are probably only concerned with straightening the teeth that are visible when you smile. Six Month Smiles® is uniquely designed to treat only the front teeth. Since the entire arch of teeth is not being straightened, your overall treatment time can be drastically shortened and you can achieve a straight, beautiful smile much quicker.
What Can Six Month Smiles® Correct?
Many of the same alignment issues corrected by traditional braces can also be fixed with Six Month Smiles, including the following:
- Crowded teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Mild rotations
Since Six Month Smiles® seeks to correct crowed or misalignment toward the front of the mouth. This typically includes the front teeth (incisors) or canines, which comprise the most visible part of a smile. As long as the problems are not too severe or do not greatly affect one’s molars, Six Month Smiles® offers comparable results to other orthodontic options.
Candidates for Six Month Smiles®
Now that you understand that valued benefits of Six Month Smiles, you may be curious to know whether you qualify for this short term orthodontic treatment option. First, you’ll need to consider where your straightening goals are located within your smile. If your orthodontic concerns reside on the front teeth (incisors or canines) and they don’t greatly impact your molars, Six Month Smiles® can often be an excellent solution.
Good candidates for Six Month Smiles® also meet some or all of the following criteria:
Mild to Moderate Crowding: Unlike traditional braces that are applied individually, Six Month Smiles® are applied together using a custom tray. Therefore, it works best for mild to moderate cases instead of severe crowding.
Goals are Cosmetic: Six Month Smiles® is ideal for patients who have aesthetic concerns about the position of their teeth. Bite problems may not be fully addressed by Six Month Smiles.
Desire for Discretion: If you are avoiding orthodontics due to fear of how they’d look, Six Month Smiles® can be an easy solution. One of the largest benefits of this treatment option is that it blends in with your natural teeth so that you can be confident when speaking and laughing around your co-workers and friends.
Need for Expedited Results. As adults living in a fast-paced society, we don’t like to wait long to get what we want. Fortunately, Six Month Smiles® is designed to produce straighter teeth in a much shorter timeline than other treatments. In many cases, it can be in as little as six months!
Set of Permanent Teeth: Six Month Smiles® is typically reserved for patients whose adult teeth have fully emerged, which often means 15 years of age or older.
Schedule Your Consult with a Six Month Smiles® Provider
Ready to learn more? Please schedule your appointment at Grateful Dental in Marietta. Dr. Porcaro is a qualified Six Month Smiles® provider who believes in building smiles and changing lives using the most convenient, advanced and preferable treatment options available. Utilizing extensive training and experience in both restorative dentistry and orthodontics, Dr. Porcaro can help you achieve a straight and beautiful smile – even as an adult!