6 Month Smiles
Q What is 6 Month Smiles?
A The 6 Month Smiles treatment is a recent addition to the UK's orthodontic market and is specifically intended for adults. Originating in the US, 6 Month Smiles is designed to act fast and cause as little discomfort as possible to the user. As a type of cosmetic brace it offers patients a discreet route to straighter teeth, which is courtesy of the tooth coloured materials used for the brackets and wires.
The advanced brace is designed for mild orthodontic cases and is a good alternative to traditional fixed braces, which usually cost more and can take longer to achieve desired results.
Q How is it different from other braces?
A The braces are not as noticeable as traditional fixed braces and nor is it as expensive as aligner treatment or veneers.
The brace combines the discreetness of aligner treatment with the effectiveness of traditional fixed braces. This combination of factors results in added comfort when wearing the brace and quick treatment time.
Q Is the treatment suitable for me?
A The brace is designed to treat mild orthodontic cases and focuses upon the front teeth in particular. The brace is simply used for teeth alignment and is able to treat overcrowding, overlapping and spacing issues.
The treatment is not designed for those with more severe orthodontic issues, such as misaligned bites, and it is not designed to fix problems relating to the back teeth. To be certain of your suitability for treatment it is best to visit a dentist for a thorough consultation.
Q How long does the treatment take?
A The 6 Month Smiles treatment usually takes around 6 months to complete, hence the name. However, in slightly more complex cases the braces may be worn for slightly longer, taking around 12 months to complete. The length of treatment will depend on the individual's specific orthodontic needs, while visits to the dentist for adjustments are usually every 4-5 weeks.
Q What does receiving the braces involve?
A During the initial consultation the dentist will take X-rays and photos of your teeth to see what needs correcting. If you are classed as a mild orthodontic case then you should be suitable for the 6 Month Smiles treatment. If you are suitable:
- Teeth impressions will be taken and sent off for production of the brace.
- The braces will be fitted and your dentist will arrange a follow-up appointment.
- The braces will be adjusted every 4-5 weeks during a short check-up.
- When the treatment is completed your dentist will issue you with a retainer, which stops the teeth from returning to their previous state. Ensure you ask your dentist if the retainer is included within the price.
Q How much will 6 Month Smiles cost?
A 6 Month Smiles can range from £1500 to £3000. However, this is dependent on the complexity of the individual case. In some cases the individual will require general dental work before they can receive the brace, such as fillings/composite bonding, but this can be discussed during an initial consultation.
Q How can I get 6 Month Smiles?
A The first step is to get in contact with our dental team to organise an initial consultation, during which a thorough discussion with our dentist will give you an impression of what to expect from treatment and whether it is the right solution for you.