When most people think of braces, it is usually in the context of straightening the teeth of children or teenagers. However, the benefits of straighter teeth are worth attaining at any age. Modern braces mean adults can have their teeth straightened more comfortably and discreetly than ever before – notably without the need to sport a mouthful of metal.
How Does Six Month Smiles Work?
This fixed braces treatment targets your front six teeth. Using clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires, this treatment blends into the background of your teeth for a more subtle look than traditional metal braces. Low levels of force are applied to your teeth to gradually shift them into straighter positions, with minimal discomfort. Treatment times vary depending on how crooked, crowded or gappy your teeth are to begin with. However, on average results can be achieved in six months.
Once you have completed your treatment, you will be provided with a removable clear retainer to ensure your teeth stay in their new straighter positions. It is recommended that you wear your retainer everyday and at night too. For convenience, you can alternatively have a fixed retainer attached to the backs of your front teeth.
The Benefits of Straighter Teeth
There are obvious cosmetic advantages to straighter teeth. Especially where your front teeth are concerned, the impact on your smile is particularly noticeable. This can boost your confidence and self-esteem, which can affect your interactions at work and socially.
From a dental health perspective, straighter teeth are easier to clean, which reduces the build-up of bacteria. In the long run this can decrease your chances of developing tooth decay and gum disease.
Is Six Month Smiles Appropriate for You?
Six Month Smiles treatment is ideal for adults presenting mild alignment or crowding problems with their front teeth. To find out if your case could be effectively treated with Six Month Smiles, it is worth consulting a dentist who can examine your teeth and determine the best treatment option.