Amongst the most typical concerns from those considering undergoing orthodontic treatment is the length of time you will need to wear the brace for. With traditional braces you can expect to wear the device from one to three years, depending on the type of brace you choose. Until fairly recently, there weren’t many other options available to those seeking an alternative to traditional orthodontics. Luckily, due to recent innovations in dentistry, patients looking for a faster option for orthodontics are able to benefit from the 6-Month Smiles treatment.

6-Month smiles are a type of brace which tries to minimise both the time involved in treatment and the aesthetic impact of wearing a brace. In order to do this, the 6-Months Smile brace uses slim wires which are specially colour to match your natural teeth. The brace itself works by moving the teeth very gradually using only low amounts of force, this ensures both effective results and comfort for the patient throughout the treatment period. Because of the state of the art technology used in the 6-Month Smiles system, your teeth can be moved quickly and just as effectively as a traditional brace. The brace also makes use of nickel titanium wires which focus on the teeth which will show when you smile. You can use the 6-Month smiles system to treat a range of orthodontic problems like gaps, crowding and problems which occur with bite (occlusion).

6-MONTH SMILES TREATMENT

Prior to undergoing treatment, you will have a thorough oral examination performed by your dentist. Some photographs, X-rays of your teeth so that he can examine them in detail. You’ll then undergo the fitting process, although not as discreet as some types of ‘invisible’ brace, the 6-Month Smile brace is hard to see unless you are up close and can achieve results in a fraction of the time.

After you’ve had your 6-Month Smile brace fitted, you will be required to have follow up visits around every month so that adjustments can be made as needed and your progress can be monitored. Most patients will experience some discomfort when they start the treatment, but, given time, your teeth will adapt to the pressure and you shouldn’t experience any pain. For any pain you are suffering at the start of treatment, over the counter pain medication like paracetamol or Ibuprofen should be enough. Similarly, you will also find your speech is affected for a couple of days following fitting, but again, you will adapt to this fairly quickly. Some patients experience an excess of saliva in the first few days after fitting, but this is only temporary.

Once treatment is completed, you will need to wear a retainer so that your teeth don’t revert to their former position. Your dentist should provide you with a removable retainer or you may choose to have a bond fitted to the back of your teeth.

6-MONTH SMILES RESULTS

The 6-Months Smile brace focuses on the teeth you show when you smile, as opposed to correcting all your teeth. This makes it ideal for a range of treatments apart from major bite alterations. 6-Month Smile braces can be used on any patient over the age of 15 and produce highly effective results. There’ll be a noticeable difference in the appearance of your teeth after treatment.