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Everything You Need to Know About Six Month Smiles®

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A good cosmetic dentist knows that straight teeth are crucial to a healthy, beautiful smile. With Six Month Smiles®, anyone can have straighter teeth in no time. Six Month Smiles is ideal for the busy adult who does not want the look of traditional braces to disrupt their professional and personal lives.

Perfect teeth from the work of a cosmetic dentist

Braces Are Best

Traditional braces are the obvious favorite for straightening teeth because the techniques used are the most effective and offer predictable results. With Six Month Smiles, patients get all of the benefits of braces without the obvious, bulky appearance. A cosmetic dentist applies clear brackets to the teeth and anchors them with tooth-colored wires, which blend in to create a natural-looking smile. Six Month Smiles is just as safe as regular braces and can be applied by a patient’s cosmetic dentist, forgoing the need for an orthodontic specialist. In addition, each patient has a series of trays that are prepared before each appointment, so visits to the dentist are as convenient and comfortable as possible.

Fast and Easy

In most cases, Six Month Smiles focuses on the teeth at the front of the mouth, known as the “social six.” Although Six Month Smiles moves the teeth at the same speed as traditional braces, the focus on the visible front teeth means that most patients are able to achieve their ideal results in about six months. Since the treatments often take less time than traditional full-mouth braces, the cost of Six Month Smiles is usually a more affordable option.

How to Choose Between Invisalign and Traditional Braces

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Invisalign and metal braces are both used to correct misaligned teeth. Each method comes with pros and cons. Invisalign is usually a more comfortable option, but metal braces may be necessary for more complicated dental problems.

Metal Braces

Metal braces are now available in colors that closely match the teeth so they are less distracting, lessening the effect on a patient’s social and work life. Metal brackets are glued to the teeth and then manipulated with wires and rubber bands to achieve the desired results. These braces are not removable, which enhances consistent alignment.

Patients can experience some soreness from the movement of the teeth as well as irritation from the braces. A dentist may still recommend metal braces, however, for complex problems that plastic can’t correct.

Invisalign

These braces are made of clear, BPA-free plastic and are worn over the teeth to move them into the proper position. They are nearly invisible, hence their name, and are easily removable. Invisalign aligners are altered every two weeks as the teeth shift. Consistent use of Invisalign for 22 hours a day is required to attain the desired results. Patients report some mild discomfort due to tooth movement, but rarely offer many other complaints. They are often the choice for simple tooth alignment.

Treatment for metal braces averages two years compared to 18 months for Invisalign. However, the overall cost of metal may be less depending on the patient’s condition. The follow-up is essentially the same and includes the use of a retainer at night. Your dentist will suggest which one is best for your situation.