Now available at our Sterling location, Six Month Smiles is a clear braces system that is a modern alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Utilizing clear braces and tooth-colored wires, Six Month Smiles is a discreet treatment for crooked teeth. In an average of six months, this system delivers straightened teeth comfortably and effectively.
Many adults go their whole life hiding their smile out to embarrassment of their crooked teeth. They may have avoided braces for many reasons including the cost being too high or the treatment time being too long. Some may just did not want to deal with difficulties that come with wearing braces. The Six Month Smile technique allows Dr. Datta to focus only on straightening the teeth seen when you smile without a full mouth full of braces. Because we are only focusing on these teeth, the treatment time is shorter. It uses low force to gently move teeth which is actually a standard orthodontic mechanic but only focuses on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth
Am I a Candidate for Six Month Smiles?
This treatment was designed for people who are interested in straightening their teeth located in the “smile zone”. It can be the ideal solution for adult patients with mild to moderate cosmetic concerns. It is also an effective solution for those who are experiencing orthodontic relapse as they grow older. This method is also used to realign a patient’s bites for a more comfortable, balanced smile. Six Month Smiles may provide fewer risks of damage to teeth and gums because the clear braces and wires are lighter than traditional metal braces.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Straightening crooked teeth will boost your smile confidence but crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic dental concern. What many patients may not realize is that crooked teeth can affect your overall dental health. They can lead to additional oral health complications that may damage your gums, teeth, and jaw. Crooked teeth can be more difficult to clean with brushing and flossing, are more prone to damage over time and can lead to bite problems. Other issues they may lead to include:
- TMJ and chronic jaw pain
- Increase your chance for tooth decay
- Cause overcrowding
- Cause malocclusion
- Make patients self-conscious of their smile
The Six Month Smiles Treatment Process
Following a consultation with Dr. Datta outlining your cosmetic and dental needs, dental impressions will be taken to help create custom clear braces. Digital photography will also be used to determine where your teeth and bite are currently located.
Dr. Datta will attach the clear brackets and wires in-office. You will also need regular checkup appointments to monitor your treatment progress.
In about six months, your new straight smile will be ready. After the braces are removed, we recommend the use of a retainer worn nightly to ensure that your teeth remain straight.
Six Month Smiles FAQs
How does it work in just 6 months?
4-9 months is the average treatment time because this treatment is meant for mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Before your treatment, your orthodontist will sit you down and set short-term and long-term goals. A 6 month timeline is usually a short-term amount of time. Many cases will be finished within 6 months, but some more difficult bites may take longer.
How do I know if a case is too difficult?
Six Month Smiles can aid most bites, although sometimes treatment may take longer than the originally estimated 6 months. In this case, we may recommend alternative treatments. If you are curious if you would make a good candidate for a six month smile ask your dentist or orthodontist.
Can Six Month Smiles treat patients with missing teeth?
Six Month Smiles can treat patients with missing teeth. Although the more teeth missing, the more difficult the case may be, and it may end up taking longer than expected. The process is also dependent on which teeth are missing. Some malocclusion issues can be fixed quicker than others.
Why Choose Ridgetop Dental
Dr. Datta Malyavantham of Ridgetop Dental has extensive experience with cosmetic and restorative dental treatments. Before placing your Six Month Smiles clear braces, Dr. Datta will evaluate your bite and overall oral health to create a customized treatment plan. To schedule and appointment with our dentist in Sterling, VA, request an appointment online or give us a call today.