There is little doubt that virtually everyone dislikes the appearance of traditional metal braces that use the ‘train track’ style of braces to straighten the teeth, and this has been cause to discourage many people from wearing them, leaving them with crooked teeth in later life. Invisible braces, on the other hand, have been very easy to use and are extremely discreet, however, the treatment period is fairly lengthy and it is also expensive. The six month smile takes the best of both worlds and uses small and therefore discreet tooth coloured brackets as well as clear wiring to make the braces less noticeable. It also only works on the visible front teeth which helps it to speed up the time the treatment takes quite significantly.
It is called the six month smile as this is the average time that the procedure takes for the process to be completed. It should be stated though that this time can increase or decrease depending on how much amendments need to be made to the position of your teeth. Your dentist will be able to give you an idea of this during your initial assessment.
The procedure can be used to correct a wide variety of problems, including gaps between the teeth, overbites, underbites, crossbites, overcrowding and the inability of the teeth to meet when the jaw is closed. These are just a few of the many problems.
The beauty of the 6 month smile procedure is that, although it can’t be removed like invisible braces, it is very discreet and lightweight, making it comfortable to wear. It works significantly faster than many other type of orthodontics and costs approximately half the price too. Because of this, most people are prepared to tolerate the minor inconveniences caused by not being able to remove them, in the knowledge that they will not have to wear them as long as other types.
Using this method to straighten your teeth is especially popular with those who have a specific date in mind that they want their teeth corrected by; for example, a wedding. As stated before though, the six months is an average so it is important to visit the dentist well in advance of this for his advice.
As well as improving the cosmetic appearance of your teeth, you are likely to find a new self confidence when you have a straight smile and will also find eating food more straightforward, enabling you to eat a wide ranging and healthy diet.