Metallic dental braces are increasingly becoming a relic of the past and few would be saddened by their demise, especially those who suffered from bullying during their school years due to their use. New cosmetic dental procedures are slowly coming to the fore and taking their place. These include the ever popular but expensive invisible braces and the new 6 month smiles procedure which has become very popular in the United States and is increasingly seen in the UK and other western countries. This new system is a combination of traditional braces and new technology and materials. The old metal train tracks have been replaced by a tooth colored material and the wiring is almost invisible, making them a much improved version of dental braces that are used to straighten a person's teeth.
Although the 6 month smiles procedure is not as discreet as invisible braces, it is believed to be a significantly faster process; some claim around 25% of the time that invisible braces take, and at around half of the price this makes it a popular compromise.
At the initial consultation, impressions are taken of your teeth and approximately three weeks later, the treatment should be available to you.
Although each patient is different, it is not usual for any extra treatments such as bonding or veneers to be needed in conjuction with the six month smiles procedure.
After the name, the six months reflects not to an exact period of time that the procedure takes to complete, but an average time. For those with only minor issues, the period may be worse, while for those with very crooked and uneven teeth, it may be significantly longer. This will vary from person to person. The key factor is that they should not be removed until they have done their work correctly.
Although the treatment is not entirely effective at correcting underbites or overbites, it can be used to significantly improve these and make alignment much better, making eating and chewing more efficient.
As this is a cosmetic treatment, it is highly unquestionably to be offered on the National Health Service if you live in the UK, and would only be so in extremely rare cases. This is usually done privately and can be moderately expensive. Dental insurance plans may cover this treatment so if you are considering it, you should contact your insurance company to make sure that this is the case.[Top]
The six month smile braces, as its name implies, is used to treat orthodontic problems in just a span of six months. Normally, braces have to be worn for two to three years depending on the severity of the problem. Although some are not convinced, some people are fascinated about the six month braces because of its promise to correct teeth problems in such a short time. This type of braces has earned positive response from the people who have tried it and since, it can be effectively used on most people to cure their problems. As with other types of braces, the six month smile braces can treat problems such as teeth overcrowding, misplaced midline, large gaps between each tooth, and the protrusion of either front teeth or lower teeth.
The procedure for treating teeth problems using the six month smile braces is similar to that of the typical braces. First, the dentist examines the teeth of the patient and determinates the orthodontic problem. Then, he creates a treatment plan and discusses it with the patient. He will also discuss with him the cost of the process and how much time is required for treatment. On the next scheduled meeting, the braces will be fitted. An appointment with the dentist is required every so often in order to adjust the braces as the treatment progresses. This is because the teeth slowly adjust according to the size of the braces.
During the first few weeks of the treatment, pain or discomfort can be felt because the teeth are being adjusted. In cases where moving is not required, very little discomfort can be felt. It is advised that the patient take pain killers to alleviate the pain. Patients can feel alteration of their speech during the initial days of the treatment but this will return to normal when they get used to the braces. The cost of six month smile braces generally depends on the dentist and on the degree of reconstruction that is needed. However, the cost should not exceed the cost of the typical braces. For the maintenance of the treatment, retainers are advised to be worn by the patients. This leads the teeth from slipping back to its original position.[Top]