Six Month Smiles
There’s just something about the smiles on kids with a mouthful of metal braces. No matter what’s attached to their teeth, they still look adorable. How about that same metal smile on an adult? Not so cute, right? We don’t think so either, which is why we offer adult orthodontics patients the option to straighten teeth with Six Month Smiles. They’re not joking with that name, either. You could have straight teeth and a gorgeous smile in only six months!
Traditional braces are intended to correct not only the position of your teeth, but your bite as well. No amount of re-positioning a patient’s teeth will make a bad bite better. What if your bite doesn’t need correcting? What if you really only need to correct the alignment of your teeth? That’s where Six Month Smiles do the trick.
Six Month Smiles uses the same mechanics as traditional metal braces. However, these orthodontics emphasize only the cosmetic appearance of the teeth in your smile zone rather than the position of your bite. That’s why treatment time is dramatically reduced.
Another noticeable difference between Six Month Smiles and traditional braces with metal brackets and wires is that these brackets are clear and the wires are white. So, they mix with your natural tooth color, making them less obvious. You can go about your day in the office, in the classroom, at a party, or at home knowing that people are not initially noticing braces when you speak, smile, eat and laugh.
When you come to Houston Uptown Dentists for braces from Six Month Smiles, the first thing one of our dentists will do is assess your overall oral health. Before placing braces, we need to be certain there are no underlying problems such as tooth decay or periodontal disease that need to be treated first. Once we’ve determined that you’re a good candidate for Six Month Smiles, then you’re on your way to straighter teeth.
Six Month Smiles uses low force to gently shift teeth into their correct position. Just because the process requires only six months to complete (standard orthodontics can take years), doesn’t mean that you’ll be uncomfortable and need to have your braces adjusted more often. To the contrary, most of our patients find braces with Six Months Smiles quite comfortable.
Moreover, with Six Month Smiles there’s very little risk of damage to your teeth, roots, or gums, which can happen with standard orthodontics. Because the focus is on the teeth in your smile zone, there’s a slim chance that teeth will need to be extracted.
After your treatment with Six Months Smiles is complete, you will need to wear a retainer. Believe it or not, teeth have “memory.” So, to keep your teeth in their new places and your smile looking pretty, we recommend either a removable or bonded retainer.