What is Six Month Smiles?
Clear Braces for Adults
Straight Teeth. Less Time. Clear Braces.
Six Month Smiles® is a revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought – Six Month Smiles utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.
Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. The following individuals underwent the Six Month Smiles Clear Braces treatment, review their amazing before and after results:
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An Efficient Approach to Orthodontics
Six Month Smiles is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics. There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. Here is what makes Six Month Smiles so innovative.
Benefits of Six Month Smiles
- Average treatment times of only six months
- Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok™ clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible
- Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result
- Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable
- Low forces and short overall treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene
- Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers
We will be able to fully determine your cost after looking at your teeth, to better understand the specifics of your individual needs. Cost changing factors can include the complexity of your case, how long your treatment will take, and your orthodontic insurance coverage. The cost of Six Month Smiles Clear Braces are typically $3300 to $4000 for 6 months of treatment, depending upon complexity of the case. Six Month Smiles patients can use financing options to spread their treatment costs over time. For those with a Flexible Spending Account (FSA), your Six Month Smiles treatment is an allowed FSA expense.
0% Interest Rate & No Fees Financing
Six Month Smiles can also be financed through Beautiful Dentistry’s in-house program with CareCredit or SpringLeaf. If the patient portion of your dental bill is $500 or less, you can get 6 months same as cash at 0% interest and no fees. If you finance up to $2000, you qualify for 12 months same as cash at 0% interest and no fees. Any amount over $2000 qualifies for 18 to 24 months of no interest and no fees financing.
You may be surprised to know the benefits of having properly aligned teeth extend far beyond a confident smile. According to the American Dental Association, straightening your teeth can actually significantly affect your overall dental health. With Six Month Smiles, having a confident smile and reducing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease go hand in hand.
Healthier Teeth and Gums
Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are crowded or too widely spaced. Unfortunately, these are also signs of periodontal disease. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. That’s where Six Month Smiles comes in. The fast and efficient treatment quickly moves your teeth into the proper position – with discreet clear and tooth colored brackets and wires.
Six Month Smiles is not just for minor corrections. More advanced complications which Invisalign cannot correct such as:
- Molar alignment issues, which require distalization of molars
- Class 3 Crossbite correction
- Extruding teeth, especially canines
You may have any combination of the issues listed below, and you could still be an excellent candidate for Six Month Smiles:
Widely Spaced Teeth
This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this can also be caused by the surrounding teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and increased risk of periodontal disease.
Overly Crowded Teeth
This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can get worse over time. This crowding can lead to plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and the sides of the mouth. This can lead to abnormal tooth wear and chipping, and periodontal problems including gum disease and bone loss.
This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
What people commonly refer to as an “overbite” is known to dental professionals as “overjet”. It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It’s typically caused by genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth. This can lead to gum disease and chipped or fractured front teeth.
Contraindications: When Six Month Smiles Won’t Work
This system is designed for adults, and is not recommended for children 16 or younger. It is important for children to have an orthodontic treatment plan which takes their future growth into consideration.
Not all dentists and orthodontists are authorized providers for Six Month Smiles Clear Braces for Adults, so it’s important to find a doctor who has received the proper Six Month Smiles training and can truly evaluate your needs and determine how Six Month Smiles can help you. At Beautiful Dentistry, we stay abreast of the latest innovations with Six Month Smiles technology.
Alternative treatments to Six Month Smiles include Invisalign and Veneers. Veneers cover up dental imperfections instead of correcting them. Invisalign can yeild the same results as Six Month Smiles, but Six Month Smiles provides a much faster solution.
If you prefer to have thorough fine tuned corrections to your bite, but still benefit from the extreme speeds of Six Month Smiles, treatment a combination of both treatment options can be used. For example, Six Month Smiles can be used for extruding canines and correcting extreme crossbites, Invisalign can be used after the clear braces finalize the heavy lifting, and procelain veneers can add the finishing touches to your smile at the very end. Please call us today at (704) 633-2612 to schedule your Smile Makeover consultation, and let us identify the best path to creating your perfect smile.
Six Month Smiles Treatment
About the Procedure
Day of Appointment
We will take x-rays, pictures and impressions of your teeth, which Six Month Smiles will use to create your customized brackets. These brackets are ready within 3 weeks, or less.
Treatment Information & Management
Your custom brackets are prefitted in a tray made from the impression of your teeth. This eliminates the need for the Dentist to apply each bracket to every tooth individually. Because these brackets are entirely clear, so most people won’t even notice you’re wearing them. The nickel titanium wire is tooth colored, and is very discreet.
Discomfort with the clear braces is minimal, and general over the counter prescriptions to manage the discomfort of your shifting teeth may be necessary for the first two days in some cases. Unlike with Invisalign, you won’t have to train yourself to speak without a slight lisp. Our goal is to make the Six Months Smile clear braces as comfortable as possible.
Getting Six Month Smiles is easy. The brackets are slid on with a tray which is form fitted to your mouth. There is no need for anesthesia or sedatives during the installation or removal of the brackets. The process of getting Six Month Smiles is not invasive. As such, there is no measurable recovery period, because there is nothing to recover from.
Approximately every four weeks, you will visit the Dentist to have your brackets tightened, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. At every stage, you will be able to see how much closer you are to having the smile that reflects the real you.
While every case is unique to each patient, treatment typically takes approximately 4 to 8 months.
Ensuring proper dental hygeine is a critical aspect of your treatment. Drilling and filling cavities in the middle of a Six Month Smiles treatment could negatively affect the comfort of your treatment. It is preferable to resolve issues with cavities before treatment begins, and evaluate every tooth for cavities again after 6 months when treatment ends.
During Your Treatment
You should continue to brush as you normally would, and you would have to floss with a floss threader.
Free 3 Month Cleanings During Treatment
Beautiful Dentistry will also provide a free cleaning every 3 months to keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape during your treatment.
Your bedtime routine can continue as before, with the simple change of flossing with a floss threader instead of the traditional way.
After the Treatment is Complete
Finishing your treatment is simple. When you are happy with your smile, we remove the clear braces. You will be advised to wear a retainer, which is available as a clear retainer or fixed retainer. The retainer must be worn for 12 hours a day for the following 3 months, after which point the retainer should be worn nightly.
Not wearing the retainer as prescribed by your Dentist could result in undesirable shifting of your teeth.
Please call us if you have any questions: (704) 633-2612
Warranties & Guarantees
Beautiful Dentistry’s Warranty
Our warranty provides mid-course corrections every four weeks at no additional charge, provided there have been no changes in treatment plan, patient compliance, or dental anatomy. Before starting your Six Month Smiles treatment, Beautiful Dentistry will provide a structured treatment plan to maximize your Dental Insurance and Flexible Spending Account benefit, and create a dental treatment timeline to prevent situations which could void your Six Month Smiles Warranty with us.
After the treatment is complete it is important to follow the post treatment care plan provided to you, to prevent undesirable shifting of your aligned teeth.
Dr. Hetal Amin-Patel and the Beautiful Dentistry staff is Six Month Smiles Certified, and has extensive experience with Six Month Smiles treatment plans. Our promise to you is that the veneers, fillings, crowns, and bridges we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you. And to make sure we keep that promise, the products we recommend and use are of the highest quality and incredibly durable.