There’s no doubting that modern orthodontics have come a long way since those metallic train track style braces of old. Instead 21st century orthodontic treatments now cater for the growing number of adults who are looking to improve the appearance of their teeth. In fact, according to the British Orthodontic Society (BOS), latest figures suggest that 75% of UK orthodontists are seeing a surge in adult orthodontic treatment. One such treatment is Six Month Smiles.
As the name suggests this particular treatment is designed to be completed within six months or less and is part of a growing trend of fast or accelerated orthodontic procedures. It’s designed specifically for older teenagers and adults who have dental crowding, twisting, or spacing issues and offers some befitting advantages over conventional metal style braces.
Firstly, what they can’t do!
Although Six Month Smiles treatment can fix a whole host of dental issues, it isn’t designed to deal with major bite problems. Why? Because like all fast or accelerated orthodontic treatments Six Month Smiles focus their efforts solely on the top and bottom teeth that are visible when you smile. Because of the speedy time scale, it isn’t possible to fix the whole bite or correct tooth root alignment. That said, the vast majority of patients are actually more concerned with how their smile looks rather than how it functions, anyway. In this respect, speedy orthodontic treatments such as this work exceptionally well.
Now we know what they can’t do, let’s turn our attention to their advantages.
Remember those train-track style braces we talked about at the beginning of this post? Not particularly discreet are they? Many adults are put off from wearing braces for this very reason. After all, who wants to be seen sporting a mouth full of metal every time they crack a smile or talk? On the contrary, Six Month Smiles uses a combination of tooth coloured braces and wiring which blend in with the teeth making their appearance far less obvious.
Utilises low force
A key component of the Six Month Smiles system is the nickel-titanium arch wires. Natural in colour they’re designed to exert a gentle but continual force in order to move the teeth back into the desired position. This means that unlike other brace systems, wearers won’t feel quite so much tenderness in the teeth when force is applied.
One of the most common complaints of those seeking orthodontic treatment is overcrowding. The Six Month Smiles system is perfectly made for dealing with this particular issue. This brace system has the ability to round out and develop the constricted arch, thus creating sufficient room to simultaneously align the crowded teeth.
They cost less
Aside from being safe and effective, Six Month Smiles typically costs less than many other orthodontic treatments. Invisalign for example (another discreet brace system) will typically cost up to twice as much. So not only are Six Month Smiles better for your teeth, they’re also better for your bank balance too. What’s more, at West Wickham Dental Practice we allow you to spread the cost of your treatment over a number of months making it an affordable and viable option. See our special offers and Smile Proud!
So there you have it – The benefits of Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment for adults and how it can help you get straighter, healthier teeth.
If you’d like to find out more about how adult orthodontic treatment can help you, then contact the team here at West Wickham Dental Practice. To book an appointment either call us direct on 0208 776 1188 or visit the online booking form on our website. On behalf of the team, we look forward to helping you restore that great looking smile.