Crooked, poorly spaced teeth can affect the appearance of the smile. When malocclusion problems are severe, patients require orthodontic treatment to correct the bite and avoid further oral health complications. However, some patients have alignment problems that are superficial and do not pose a threat to a patient’s oral health; many patients with these issues are reluctant to undergo lengthy orthodontic treatment.
If your alignment issues are primarily cosmetic in nature, Six Month Smiles® may be your ideal treatment option. Six Month Smiles® straightens the front teeth to enhance the beauty of the smile in less than half the time of traditional braces and Invisalign®. Dr. Joe McIntyre and Dr. Dan Whiting discuss the Six Month Smiles® treatment process with Bridgewater, VA patients to help them determine if this is an appropriate treatment option for their unique situation.
The Treatment Process
As the name implies, Six Month Smiles® treatment can be completed in roughly six months. Braces and Invisalign® each take an average of 18 to 24 months; Six Month Smiles® straightens the teeth and enhances the smile in less than half that time.
The Six Month Smiles® treatment process can be broken down into three basic stages: a consultation, application, and monitoring. Below is a brief overview of each of these phases of treatment:
- Consultation: For Six Month Smiles® treatment to be a success, it is important that patients be ideal candidates. Dr. McIntyre or Dr. Whiting will perform a thorough examination and consultation to determine if Six Month Smiles® is right for each patient. Patients who are likely to benefit from Six Month Smiles® are those with healthy teeth and gums who are looking to correct misalignment problems on the front, anterior teeth. These misalignment issues should be cosmetic in nature. Problems that can be corrected with Six Month Smiles® include gapping, slight overlapping, and teeth that are twisted or tipped. Issues such as an overbite or underbite cannot be corrected with Six Month Smiles® treatment.
- Application: If a patient is an appropriate candidate for treatment, an appointment will be scheduled for the application of the Six Month Smiles® system. During the application process, our dentist will apply clear, Lucid-Lok® brackets to the facial surface of each of the front teeth. These brackets will be strung together with a tooth-colored wire. Just as with traditional braces, these brackets and wires are used to apply subtle pressure to the teeth so they will shift into their proper position over the span of treatment.
- Monitoring: After the Six Month Smiles® system has been applied, patients will need to return periodically for regular check-ups. These appointments allow our dentists to evaluate how treatment is progressing. If the wires require any adjustments, they will be made during these routine check-ups.
In about six months, patients will benefit from a straighter, more attractive smile. After the Six Month Smiles® appliances have been removed, patients will be fitted with a comfortable retainer. This retainer should be worn as directed to ensure the long-lasting results of Six Month Smiles®.
Schedule an Appointment
At Smiles for Life, our dental team offers a comprehensive range of dental treatments that allow patients to enjoy a smile that is healthy and beautiful. If you are interested in learning more about Six Month Smiles® or any of our additional cosmetic dentistry treatments, schedule an appointment with Dr. Joe McIntyre of Dr. Dan Whiting at your earliest convenience.