Six Month Smiles An Overview
Six Month Smiles is a revolutionary clear braces system that is barely visible but provides precise results. Six Month Smiles is an ideal solution for aligning crooked teeth for teens and adults. You can expect quick, discreet, and effective results. In as little as 6 months you can enjoy a healthier, straighter, more beautiful smile.
Six Month Smiles focuses on the teeth in the “smile zone”. Custom brackets and wires are tooth-colored so that they blend in and are less noticeable than metal braces. Once the braces are on, most patients only wear the system for about 6 months and finish treatment with a naturally straighter smile.
Dr. Pamela Cain may recommend Six Month Smiles as part of a smile makeover, to address crooked teeth or to realign the bite and improve your overall dental health. An experienced restorative dentist with advanced training in the treatment of complex bite problems and orofacial pain, Dr. Cain will take a comprehensive approach to your orthodontic needs and aesthetic goals when designing a personalized treatment plan.
Using T-scan technology, Dr. Cain will evaluate the function of the jaw joints and how the teeth make contact. If malocclusion is preventing the teeth from making proper contact, this often leads to discomfort, dental problems, and tooth damage. Your treatment with Six Month Smiles will be designed to realign the bite if necessary to ensure that your new smile not only looks great but is comfortable and supports your long term dental health.
Mixed Appliance Therapy
In some cases, there is a need for more complex tooth movement on the lower arch of teeth. In this situation, Dr. Cain may recommend using Mixed Appliance Therapy (MAT) to achieve both cosmetic goals and oral health needs with one treatment phase.
Mixed Appliance Therapy involves the combination of clear aligners on the top arch of teeth and clear brackets on the lower arch. The clear aligners are capable of moving teeth with mild to moderate tooth position and crowding concerns, but the use of clear brackets enables Dr. Cain to adjust more complex needs that are often present in the lower arch of teeth in adult patients.
Mixed Appliance Therapy allows patients to enjoy the discreet treatment and shorter treatment times when compared to using traditional metal braces. The forces applied by the clear brackets and wires will allow total treatment for both upper and lower teeth to complete at approximately the same time.
Wearing clear aligners on the teeth that are most visible when smiling and speaking and using clear brackets to fully address tooth position of the lower arch is the perfect solution for many patients and the key to a healthier, more stable result.
No one has to know you are wearing braces.
Angie is in her fourth month of treatment and the results are already clearly noticeable. Her bite is improving and the appearance of her smile has changed, although it is difficult to see that she is wearing braces.
Angie will enjoy better long term oral health once treatment is complete. Dr. Cain is working with her to use short term orthodontics to straighten teeth while also ensuring that her bite is not being detrimentally impacted as a result.
Six Month Smiles can resolve orthodontic relapse in adult patients- it is never too late to straighten your teeth. We complete treatment with complimentary professional teeth whitening.