Exploring Five Advantages of Six Month Smiles®
By J. Brent Gorrell on April 04, 2018
Are you thinking about straightening your teeth, but you do not want to commit to two years of ongoing treatment? At Gorrell Smiles in Mountain View, CA, we offer Six Month Smiles®, an accelerated alternative to traditional metal braces. Today, our team of skilled dental professionals will explore five advantages of Six Month Smiles to help you determine if this treatment is right for you.
Six Month Smiles: An Overview
Like traditional metal braces, Six Month Smiles uses conventional techniques and methods to straighten the teeth. There are some distinct differences between the two, however.
For example, while metal braces are quite obvious, Six Month Smiles uses tooth-colored wires and brackets that are not as noticeable.
Additionally, while metal braces, Invisalign®, and other orthodontic methods center around moving all of the teeth, Six Month Smiles is designed to focus on the “social six” - that is, the front teeth that are noticeable when you smile.
#1: Accelerated Treatment
By far, the most common reason patients choose Six Month Smiles is because it can cut your total treatment time in half. As the name suggests, treatment with this system takes about six months to complete. It is popular among individuals who want to meet a certain deadline, such as a wedding or a graduation. Other patients choose Six Month Smiles simply because they do not want to wear braces for two years.
#2: Increased Comfort
Many individuals assume that because treatment is so much faster, there must be more pain and discomfort involved. On the contrary, Six Month Smiles utilizes lightweight components and self-ligating wires in order to reduce friction. While you may experience slight tenderness after adjustments, this can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
#3: Improved Aesthetics
Even though braces are a common part of life for many individuals today, some patients are simply self-conscious about their appearance, and do not want their braces to be obvious. While Six Month Smiles appliances are not totally invisible, they are much more discreet than conventional braces.
#4: Lower Overall Cost
Six Month Smiles is typically more affordable that alternative orthodontic options. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, the treatment process is simple and straightforward. Second, because this process takes considerably less time than other options, fewer visits are required. This means a lower overall cost for the patient.
#5: A Focus on Cosmetic Results
As aforementioned, alternative options such as metal braces or Invisalign focus on straightening all of the teeth. Because Six Month Smiles only addresses the “social six”, the aesthetic results can be fine-tuned for the best possible cosmetic outcome.
Are There Disadvantages of This Treatment?
As with any orthodontic option, the right solution will entirely depend on your unique and specific circumstances. Because Six Month Smiles is strictly a cosmetic treatment, it may not be the optimal option for someone whose malocclusion is resulting in functional issues. During a consultation, your doctor can help you determine if you are eligible for this type of orthodontic treatment.
Learn More about Six Month Smiles
If you are considering teeth-straightening treatment options, Six Month Smiles could be a solution. To learn more about this treatment and our other orthodontic options, schedule a consultation today. You can contact us online anytime or call our office at (650) 399-9657.
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