If you are considering orthodontics and are attracted by the thought of spending only six months getting your smile straight, you should be considering Six Month Smiles. Here are seven quick facts to understand about Six Months Smiles before you make your decision.
You Don’t Have to See an Orthodontist for Tooth Straightening
Although there is an entire dental specialty around teeth straightening, not everyone needs to see an orthodontist for their procedure. Many general dentists handle tooth straightening all the time. In our office, we have a lot of experience performing orthodontic procedures with many different approaches, including Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, and even traditional braces.
We’ll perform a careful evaluation of your teeth and decide whether we can handle your case or whether you’d benefit more from seeing an orthodontist.
It’s Reasonable to Straighten Teeth in Six Months
Some people are reluctant about the thought of teeth straightening in six months. If most orthodontics takes a year or more, they wonder, how can it be rushed so much safely?
The truth is that Six Month Smiles just refocuses our teeth straightening efforts. We focus on the smaller front teeth that are easier to move, allowing us to get them moved more quickly while providing you with the cosmetic improvement you really want.
Faster Treatment Doesn’t Cause Root Resorption
Root resorption is a possible complication of any orthodontic procedure. However, it’s not related to the speed your teeth are moved. It’s actually related to the amount of force used and the length of time spent in braces.
Because Six Month Smiles uses lower forces over a shorter period of time, there is less risk of root resorption.
Braces Are Clear
You might not be happy about the thought of being in braces, even if it is for a shorter period of time. But did you know that Six Month Smiles uses clear braces? That’s right, the brackets that hold the wire to your teeth aren’t metal, they’re clear plastic. And the wire itself is tooth-colored, so your braces won’t stand out. Most people won’t notice them unless you mention it.
Appointments Are Fast, Too
It’s not just the overall treatment that saves you time, it’s your individual appointments, too. Six Month Smiles is a streamlined approach to orthodontics, and it’s set up so that you can get in and out of your tightening appointments much, much faster. This helps Six Month Smiles to be a very convenient orthodontic option.
It’s More Comfortable
Remember when we mentioned that Six Month Smiles uses less force than traditional orthodontics? Well, it’s the force put on your teeth that causes them to be sore and uncomfortable during orthodontic treatment. With less force, there’s less discomfort. It is not meant for people with TMJ or other forms of bite dysfunction requiring more significant back tooth movement/changes.
It Can Be Less Expensive
We know. This seems too good to be true. You’re used to paying more for getting things done faster. Well orthodontics isn’t like delivery, and the costs associated with treatment go up with time. With traditional orthodontics, you’re taking up more of the dentist’s time and materials, so you’re going to be charged more.
With Six Month Smiles, the efficiency of treatment makes it less expensive for the dentist and therefore less expensive for you.
Other Fast Approaches to Orthodontics
We know, Six Month Smiles sounds great, and it is. But it’s not the only accelerated orthodontics approach out there. We also offer Invisalign Express and the Inman Aligner. We also use AcceleDent to accelerate your orthodontic treatment, potentially cutting the treatment time by 50%. And AcceleDent can be used for virtually anyone who wears braces.
Do you want to learn more about getting the fastest orthodontic treatments available? Please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment with an Orange County cosmetic dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.