Are you one of the many people in the UK who are unhappy with their teeth and lacking the confidence to smile due to twisted, crooked and uneven teeth or gaps.
Have you ever considered cosmetic dentistry or teeth straightening in order to help? Perhaps you are put off by the thought of having to wear traditional ‘train track’ braces which can be unsightly and uncomfortable. Or maybe you worry that braces could be expensive or could encroach on your everyday life for years to come- requiring frequent dental trips and constant maintenance.
What is Six Month Smiles?
Six month smiles is a revolutionary and modern alternative deriving from the US, which brings patients a more discreet, efficient and cost-effective option. The system focuses only on those teeth which show when you smile meaning that it is targeted specifically to each patient- helping to straighten the teeth quickly and safely. The average treatment time is just six months!
Unlike other ‘invisible’ treatments the Six Months Smile braces can be seen but due to their manufacture from white coloured braces, clear brackets and nickel titanium wires they are highly discreet and attractive.
Braces are by far the most popular and successful method of helping patients to achieve healthy, straight teeth in a safe way. Six Month Smiles combines the best features of a traditional brace with advanced treatment and materials- achieving the same results in a much faster time.
Is it suitable for me?
The six month smiles system is suitable for many people- whether you are looking to straighten top and/or lower teeth. They have been used in the successful treatment of many different cosmetic dental issues including spacing, overbites and for teeth that have rotated or are extruded.
More complex cases may require a different system or a longer treatment time- we will advise you accordingly.
The positives of Six month smiles:
- A quicker and more efficient system focusing only on those teeth which show when you smile- rather than moving all of your teeth like a conventional brace.
- Braces are bespoke and made to measure for patients. Customising the force means that they can give more predictable results.
- Innovative six month smiles tray kits mean that appointments take less time and are more comfortable- resulting in far shorter treatment times and increased safety and hygiene.
- Braces are discreet and aesthetic- especially beneficial for those looking for something less noticeable.
- A lower yet more targeted force is applied to each tooth- resulting in less pain and reduced potential for damage to teeth and roots.
What is involved in the Six Month Smiles treatment?
Initially, it is necessary for your dentist to conduct a number of checks on your teeth. They will use a number of methods including X-rays, scans, impressions and photographs to determine that they are all healthy, can be moved safely and that treatment is suitable for you.
Remember to discuss with your dentist now if you have any particular hopes for your tooth improvements so this can be taken into account in your treatment plan.
Once all the necessary information is compiled, it will be sent to the Six Month Smiles lab in America where your custom made brackets and braces will be produced for you. Models of your teeth made from impressions will be used to exactly produce the brackets and wires for your braces making sure they are all in the right place to fit on your teeth. They will also accurately calculate the specific movement required in order to achieve the desired straightening effects.
The braces will be received in a customised tray kit with all parts precisely positioned. We will then apply an adhesive bond to your teeth to fix the brackets in place. The adhesive will be hardened using a high intensity light to make sure that it is secure.
Throughout the course of your treatment you will need to have regular appointments with your dentist. These will be fairly short (10-15 minutes) and will enable them to adjust the brace and monitor your teeth accordingly.
After treatment will I need a retainer?
As with any teeth straightening treatment, when your brace is removed, you will need to wear a retainer for a period of time. Retainers allow your teeth to stabilise in their new positions after treatment.
This is important because teeth continue to move throughout your life and can relapse -particularly if you had gaps previously.
You can opt for a removable retainer which you would wear at night or alternatively you can have one permanently bonded onto the back surfaces of your teeth. Discuss your preference with us and we can advise you of your options.
Our Cases – Before/After
How can teeth be straightened in only 6 months with adult braces?
The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely with clear adult braces. The key components of the treatment are the use of unique, clear braces and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.
Six months sounds good. However, will I still have a mouth full of metal braces for the whole time?
No! Six Month Smiles uses clear braces that are barely visible to gently straighten your teeth.
How are Six Month Smiles braces more comfortable than regular braces?
Six Month Smiles uses low force to move teeth gently. Many people think that the accelerated braces treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.
Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?
There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles.
Will I have to wear a retainer?
Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. Retainers allow your teeth to stabilise in their new positions after treatment. This is important because teeth continue to move throughout your life and can relapse – particularly if you had gaps previously.
You can opt for a removable retainer, which you would wear at night or alternatively you can have one permanently bonded onto the back surfaces of your teeth. Discuss your preference with us and we can advise you of your options.
What is the catch?
There is no catch. If you are an adult (16 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you are not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smiles.
What are the problems six-month braces can treat?
- Crowded Teeth – Teeth which are twisted or overlapping
- Spaces – Spaces between teeth
- High Canines – Fang like Canines which may be high in the gum or out of alignment
- Open Bites – Teeth do not meet when you bite, especially at the front
- Deep Bites – You cannot see your lower teeth when you bite
- Overjet – Upper front teeth stick out
What are the advantages of six-month braces for improving smiles?
- Discreet tooth coloured braces are barely visible
- Short treatment times, just 6 months on average
- Affordable, Safe and Effective
- Conservative treatment, fewer extractions and less drilling
- Low force system works gently to move teeth
Is the treatment painful?
The six-month brace system uses very low forces to gently guide your teeth into a more harmonious position. As will all orthodontic braces, there may be some initial discomfort, which subsides quickly.
Will I need an extraction?
We seldom extract teeth and this is one of the differences between six-month braces and conventional treatment. For crowded and overlapping smiles, we schedule an extraction for only one in twenty treatments. In those cases, crowding is usually severe.