Six Month Smiles In Webster, TX
Are you the type of person who doesn’t want to wait through years of orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth? Being outfitted with traditional metal braces can be a pain in many ways. Not only does it take years to straighten your teeth, but the braces can be hard to clean and uncomfortable.
If you are looking for a quick and easy way to straighten your teeth in Webster, TX, check out Six Month Smiles! Your confidence will be sky-high after straightening your teeth with Six Month Smiles!
What is The Six Month Smile Treatment?
Six Month Smiles is one of the orthodontic treatments we offer here at Clear Lake Dental Care. Six Month Smiles is a revolutionary teeth-straightening method that is as effective as metal braces and as discreet as Invisalign. The straightening treatment uses virtually invisible brackets and tooth-colored wires to slowly move your teeth to their ideal position.
What are the Benefits of the Six Month Smile Procedure?
With Six Month Braces, you can get results in as little as six months because the force is strategically focused on certain teeth only. Six Month Smiles provides patients with benefits such as:
- Moving your teeth gradually and comfortably
- An affordable alternative to conventional braces
- Typically does not require tooth extraction
- Reducing treatment time
- Discreet clear wires instead of metal
advantages of using Six Month Smiles over traditional braces
Six Month Smiles is categorized as orthodontic treatment. It is somewhat similar to traditional braces in form, using brackets and wires to straighten teeth. One difference with our method is that the brackets and wires that are affixed to teeth are tooth-colored. The fixtures blend into the smile.
Additionally, Six Month Smiles focuses on straightening front-facing teeth, the teeth you see when you smile. This focus enables you to achieve beautiful cosmetic results in a shorter period. Usually, traditional braces must be worn for at least 12 months to change the alignment of all teeth, not just the teeth at the front of the mouth.
Some of the advantages of Six Month Smiles include:
- Faster results than traditional braces
- More discreet brackets and wires than braces
- Convenient, cost-effective treatment
- Shorter treatment period decreases the risk of plaque and tartar buildup around orthodontic fixtures
How are Six Month Smiles braces more comfortable than regular metal bands and wires?
With Six Month Smile brackets are only placed on the front teeth. This means there can’t be the irritation of the cheeks as occurs with traditional braces, where every tooth has a band on it. Plus, the shorter duration of treatment, only 6 months with Six Month Smiles versus 16-18 months on average with braces, means you’ll have less discomfort simply because the treatment period is so fast.
The treatment approach also matters. Six Month Smiles braces use low force to move teeth more comfortably. People often think that the accelerated treatment with Six Month Smiles simply means more “tightening,” of regular braces but that’s not the case. Six Month Smiles can achieve its shorter timeline because the emphasis is on the cosmetic appearance of the teeth rather than the position of the patient’s bite.
What concerns can Six Month Smiles correct?
We use Six Month Smiles to address a variety of unpleasant alignment problems, including:
- Mild tooth rotation
- Gaps between teeth
Can Six Month Smiles treat patients with missing teeth?
Yes, but this does complicate the treatment process. This depends upon which teeth are missing and what goals the patient has for their final tooth positions. It would be a better option to address the missing teeth first with Dr. Das and our team, and then move on to Six Month Smiles.
Who are the Ideal Candidates for the Six Month Smile Procedure?
Patients that are 15 years of age or older and want to straighten their teeth without years of work are candidates for the Six Month Smile treatment. Six Month Smiles is ideal for treating misalignment problems and cosmetic problems concerning your front teeth including spacing, overbites, crowding and overlapping teeth, and asymmetry.
A consultation with one of our highly skilled dentists at Clear Lake Dental Care will determine if you are a candidate. During your consultation, our staff will examine your mouth and jaw. In addition, they will take digital impressions or molds of your teeth to design the custom braces and start your six-month process.
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The Six Month Smiles Process
Six Month Smiles is basically a tweak on traditional metal braces that change the treatment time to an average of six months. Based on the impressions from your consultation, we will calculate the movement path for your teeth and the placement of the braces. Six Month Smiles uses tooth-colored brackets that are placed on your teeth and wires that connect each bracket just like traditional metal braces.
At your appointment, the brackets and wires will be placed using a bonding agent. Once bonded, we attach the archwires and adjust for the proper fit. After this appointment, we see patients about once a month for tightening and adjustments until treatment is complete. Finally, at the end of six months, the brackets and wires are removed. Patients will need to wear a retainer so that the teeth don’t move back to their original position. You’ll love your smile after going through the quick and easy treatment with Six Month Smiles.
Do Six Month Braces Hurt?
Anytime teeth are moved, whether with traditional braces, Invisalign, or Six Month Smiles, there will be some discomfort. Because the brackets and wires of Six Month Smiles are limited to the front teeth only, there is no irritation to the cheeks and sides of the mouth.
Brackets may take some getting used to and may be felt inside the lips, but this is a temporary acclimation. Patients can also expect some soreness for a few days after archwires are tightened. This is because teeth are being moved within the ligament that holds them stable. Usually, over-the-counter pain medication sufficiently controls comfort.
“I had a wonderful new patient visit at Clear Lake Dental Care. The environment was very clean and the staff was very friendly. The dental assistant I worked with was very thorough, knowledgeable, and made me feel very comfortable!” -K.B.
Can Six Month Smiles cause problems with TMJ?
Research has shown that when patients grind their teeth at night (bruxism) the movement provided by Six Month Smiles can increase their temporomandibular joint disorder issues. This is because the changed position of the teeth has exacerbated the stresses present that were already causing the grinding and pain.
In patients who are not grinders, Six Month Smiles does not lead to TMJ. If you are a grinder, we can help you stop, and then we can move on to Six Month Smiles if you would like.
Which is Better Invisalign or Six Month Smile?
We proudly offer both Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Each has unique advantages that may apply to various situations. The two systems share similarities that patients appreciate, including being discreet, comfortable, effective, and offering some degree of flexibility in treatment. However, there are also a few differences patients should know:
- Where Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners, Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and wires to straighten teeth.
- Aligners can be removed for meals and oral care, brackets and wires cannot.
- Invisalign corrects alignment at both the front and the back of the mouth, Six Month Smiles straightens only the front teeth.
- Because only the front teeth are straightened, Six Month Smiles reaches its goal in a shorter time frame than Invisalign.
- Neither Invisalign nor Six Month Smiles are better than the other. Each may be appropriate in different situations. We help patients decide which system is best for them by providing clear details of each during their consultation in our friendly office.
Caring for your Braces
It is important throughout your entire treatment process, as well as afterward, to maintain proper oral hygiene. In order to do so, patients should brush at least twice a day and floss. For additional cleaning, patients can use a water pick under the archwires. Clear Lake Dental Care also recommends avoiding sticky food, such as gum, or hard food, such as apples. Both items and those similar, can damage the brackets and wires.
How long do the results of Six Month Smiles last?
The teeth are moved into a better position during Six Month Smiles treatment. After the desired outcome has been achieved and teeth are in ideal alignment, it is necessary to wear a retainer as directed by your dentist. The retainer prevents teeth from shifting over time, which can happen due to the pull of the periodontal ligament.
Will I wear a retainer after my Six Month Smiles treatment ends?
Yes. All orthodontic treatments, from traditional braces to Invisalign and Six Month Smiles, require a retainer when the tooth movement is complete to keep the teeth in their new positions. Without a retainer, the teeth tend to try to slide back to their former locations. The Six Month Smiles program has a variety of retainer options. Our Clear Lake dentists will recommend one or two based on your situation.
Are Six Month Braces Bad for Your Teeth?
The Six Month Smiles system works similarly to traditional orthodontics. Tooth-colored brackets are bonded to teeth at the front of the mouth. An archwire runs through to connect each bracket. The wire is adjusted monthly to continue the straightening process.
The brackets and wires used in orthodontic treatment are not bad for teeth. The bonding material is easily removed after the teeth-straightening program. With good care during a course of treatment, patients should not develop decay around their braces.
Some patients worry that straightening only the front teeth could present problems. When Six Month Smiles is being considered, we perform a careful bite assessment to ensure that treatment improves the cosmetic appearance of the smile without adversely affecting teeth at the back of the mouth.
In short, Six Month Smiles is not bad for your teeth.
Can Six Month Smiles braces damage your teeth, gums, or tooth roots?
There isn’t any higher level of risk for damaging the teeth or tooth roots than with traditional orthodontics. When force is applied to a tooth to get it to move, it can cause trauma that years later can require a root canal. Since the forces employed with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually fewer risks involved with tooth or root damage.
What is the Cost of Six Month Smiles?
Six Month Smiles is a customized treatment that may last anywhere from a few months to approximately nine months. Because every case is unique in what needs to be achieved, we must estimate costs based on the findings of our initial consultation and examination. After your first visit with us, you will have all the details you need to determine the best approach to getting a smile you love.
Are Six Month Smiles braces cheaper than regular braces?
There is not a great deal of difference between the costs of these two types of orthodontics.
Schedule a Consultation
Call 281-557-8097 now to learn more about the Six Month Smiles Treatment or to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. You can also click here to send us an online contact form, and our staff will help you set up your personalized appointment. Clear Lake Dental Care is located in Webster, Texas and serves surrounding areas.