Braces mean you can have your own teeth looking beautifully straight.
Six month smiles braces are ideal for those who have good teeth, but they are just in the wrong place. It treats only the teeth that you see when you smile, so we can complete treatment in around 6 months versus 24-36 months with conventional orthodontics.
Those who benefit most from 6 month smiles are people who:
6 Month Smiles falls under the category of fixed braces and is a discreet (tooth coloured brackets and wires) orthodontic braces system that focuses on straightening only the front 6 to 8 teeth (i.e. only the teeth that show when you smile). This means the treatment is much faster than conventional orthodontics, which focuses on all of your teeth. 6 month smiles can be used to treat crooked teeth, misalignment, unsightly gaps, or a misplaced midline. As the name suggests, 6 Month Smiles is a quick procedure, with most results achieved in 6-9 months.
The 6 Month Smiles procedure. The first step is to book a consultation. Be sure we are reasonably close to work or home as you will need to attend several appointments over the course of your treatment. The consultation appointment is where you will find out if the treatment is suitable for you.
The 6 Month Smiles consultation. During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and may take some photographs and X-rays. They will discuss the likely outcomes, timescales and possible problems you may experience during the treatment. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have and discuss the costs of your 6 Month Smiles treatment.
Diagnostic records and fitting your 6 Month Smiles brackets. If you decide to go ahead with the proposed treatment plan, an impression (mould) of your teeth will be taken and, based on this, the 6 Month Smiles laboratory will fabricate a template / guide for the dentist to position the brackets and wires in the precise location on each tooth.
Your 6 Month Smiles braces are fitted. The dentist will attach your 6 Month Smiles braces using special dental glue. The brackets and wires are tooth-coloured and barely noticeable, making this a discreet and painless way of regaining a confident smile.
Progress is reviewed every 4-5 weeks and adjustments are made. The position of your teeth will alter rapidly over the next few months, meaning that you will need regular check-ups. Every 4-5 weeks your braces will be adjusted and you may need interproximal reduction (IPR) to ensure that your treatment goes smoothly. Interproximal reduction is a procedure whereby a small amount of enamel is stripped between 2 teeth that are touching to create the space required for them to move. Over the treatment time your teeth will move into the position intended by your treatment plan.
Treatment is complete and retainers are fitted. Once your treatment is finished and your teeth have moved to their final position you will be given a retainer, which is either a removable appliance to be worn at night or a thin wire fitted to the back of your teeth. A retainer ensures that your teeth do not move back into their previous position.
What are the advantages of 6 Month Smiles?
How long does treatment with 6 Month Smiles take? As the name suggests the treatment is usually complete within 6 months. However, the exact treatment time varies between individuals and in some cases can take a little longer than 6 months and others as little as 4 months. This time period is a lot quicker than comprehensive orthodontic treatment which can take 2 years or more, but it is important to understand that 6 Month Smiles only treats the teeth that show when you smile and not the full arch.
Do 6 Month Smiles braces hurt? There may be some mild discomfort during the initial few weeks, but this will disappear once you are accustomed to the braces. Painkillers such as paracetamol should help but if you experience severe pain contact your dentist / orthodontist immediately.
Will 6 Month Smiles affect my speech? At first your speech may be affected as your mouth adjusts to wearing braces. This usually subsides within a couple of weeks.
How much does 6 Month Smiles cost? The price you pay for 6 Month Smiles braces will depend on several factors, but the major one is how complex your case is. This will determine the time involved and therefore the cost. A full written costing for your case will be provided at you consultation appointment.