Straighten Your Teeth Faster with Six Month Smiles
Many patients who would like to straighten their smile avoid traditional braces due to the lengthy two- to four-year treatment timeline. Six Month Smiles® is an orthodontic alternative that can straighten the teeth in a fraction of the time. Dr. Shannon P. Patterson offers this innovative treatment at our Brookhaven, MS, practice. With over 20 years of experience, he has been providing top-tier care to individuals and families in Brookhaven, Auburn, Lincoln County, and surrounding communities.
Six Month Smiles: Understanding the Basics
What makes Six Month Smiles different? This orthodontic system focuses on aligning the front teeth, also known as the "smile zone." Six Month Smiles is available in two different formats: clear braces or clear aligners. Using low, steady force, the teeth are shifted into a more aligned position. The main goal of Six Month Smiles is to improve the aesthetics of your smile. Since the focus is taken off of the bite and the alignment of the back teeth, this treatment can be completed in a much shorter time – between four and nine months on average.
Six Month Smiles use clear brackets and wires so that treatment remains inconspicuous.
Who Qualifies for Treatment?
Six Month Smiles is intended for patients over the age of 16. Because this treatment is primarily a cosmetic one, patients must also be in excellent oral health and should not have extensive decay, gum disease, or other serious dental issues.
This treatment may be right for you if you wish to address:
- Gaps or spaces between the teeth
- Crowded or overlapped teeth
- Rotated teeth
If you have more severe or complex orthodontic issues, you may be better suited for traditional braces. During an orthodontic consultation at our Brookhaven practice, Dr. Patterson can determine if this treatment option can meet your goals and preferences.
Benefits of Six Month Smiles
In addition to providing accelerated treatment, Six Month Smiles provides permanent results. Furthermore, whether you choose clear braces or custom aligners, treatment is discreet. These appliances are much less noticeable compared to traditional metal braces.
After treatment is complete, you must still wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original positions.
What to Expect during Treatment
If Dr. Patterson determines that Six Month Smiles is a good fit for your needs and goals, we will schedule you for an appointment to have your braces attached. This process only takes about one hour in our Brookhaven office. Over the next several months, three to seven adjustments will be necessary to move the teeth into their desired positions. Those who choose the clear aligners can simply wear the trays as instructed by Dr. Patterson and visit our practice periodically for checkups.
Many patients worry that Six Month Smiles will be more uncomfortable than traditional braces because it works so much faster. However, because this treatment is concentrated primarily on the front teeth, it causes no more soreness than conventional orthodontics. Any discomfort is temporary and should diminish within a few days. In the meantime, these side effects can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
The Importance of Retention
Once your desired goals have been achieved, it is important to protect your investment. After treatment is complete, you must still wear a retainer at night to keep your teeth from shifting back into their original positions. There are several different types to choose from. Dr. Patterson can help you select a retainer that will fit your lifestyle and personal preferences.