Six Month Smiles® Philadelphia, PA

Six Month Smiles® is an accelerated orthodontic treatment system that helps adults straighten teeth quickly and discreetly. This system fits easily into people’s lifestyles since patients complete treatment in an average of six months. The materials involved in Six Month Smiles are clear or tooth-colored, making them much more discreet than traditional braces.

If you want straighter teeth but are concerned that braces will interfere with your busy schedule, Six Month Smiles can help. Our team provides this system at Aces Braces - Philadelphia in Philadelphia and the surrounding area. Call us at (215) 240-8243 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.

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Six Month Smiles vs. Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are the standard way to achieve a straight smile with treatment length ranging from 12 to 36 months or more. In comparison, Six Month Smiles helps patients achieve straighter smiles in a much shorter amount of time. The shorter average treatment length is more convenient for patients with busy schedules than traditional braces.

While traditional braces align all of a patient’s teeth, the Six Month Smiles system concentrates on realigning the teeth that show when smiling. This focus means fewer brackets and wires and less force needed to move the teeth. That equals a more comfortable and enjoyable orthodontic experience. Six Month Smiles also uses clear and tooth-colored materials, which makes them virtually undetectable.

“While traditional braces align all of a patient’s teeth, the Six Month Smiles system concentrates on realigning the teeth that show when smiling.”

Pros and Cons of Six Month Smiles

The biggest advantage of Six Month Smiles is that treatment time is significantly shorter than traditional orthodontic treatment. Since this treatment requires fewer office visits, it is a convenient option for busy schedules. Another advantage is the inconspicuous look of Six Month Smiles due to its clear brackets and tooth-colored wires. Its less noticeable appearance helps patients feel less self-conscious during treatment.

There are some disadvantages to Six Month Smiles since this treatment system only straightens people’s front-facing teeth. Patients with bite or jaw alignment issues cannot address such problems with this orthodontic option. It is designed to help people with minor orthodontic issues and may not be a good option for people who need more comprehensive treatment.

“The biggest advantage of Six Month Smiles is that treatment time is significantly shorter than traditional orthodontic treatment.”

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for Six Month Smiles is 16 years or older. People who can benefit from this system are those looking to correct mild-to-moderate crowded teeth and gaps between the teeth. Patients with severe bite or jaw alignment issues may not be good candidates.

Six Month Smiles is also a good option for patients experiencing a regression in previous orthodontic treatment. Teeth can shift out of alignment if people do not wear their retainers after completing active orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, Six Month Smiles can be an easy way to correct that regression.

“The ideal candidate for Six Month Smiles is typically in their later teen years or is an adult.”

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Six Month Smiles Process

The process of getting Six Month Smiles is very similar to getting traditional braces. Before treatment can begin, patients must visit our orthodontist for a comprehensive exam of their teeth, gums, and oral health. If the patient is a candidate for Six Month Smiles, they will have X-rays and a three-dimensional scan or impression of their teeth taken. The impression will be sent directly to Six Month Smiles to create the custom appliance.

Once the appliance is ready, patients will return to our office for bracket and wire placement. Our orthodontist will use a bonding agent to attach the brackets to your front teeth. These brackets will come in a special tray that allows our staff to see exactly where they need to go. Once the brackets are secure, the tooth-colored archwire will be attached and adjusted. Patients will come back every four to five weeks for adjustment appointments until treatment is complete.

“The process of getting Six Month Smiles is very similar to getting traditional braces.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How does Six Month Smiles work in only six months?

A. While six months is the average length of treatment, it can range from four to nine months. Six Months Smiles uses advanced techniques and materials to deliver results quickly. The special design of these braces helps adults with crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth.

Q. Do braces hurt?

A. The process of getting braces does not hurt. However, it is normal to experience some discomfort after wire adjustments. This soreness is temporary and should disappear after a few days.

Q. Will I need a retainer after Six Month Smiles treatment?

A. Most patients will need a retainer after any orthodontic treatment. These appliances are a crucial part of maintaining the alignment of teeth once active orthodontic treatment is complete. The necessary length of time a patient must wear their retainer will vary.

Q. Are Six Month Smiles more comfortable than traditional braces?

A. Six Month Smiles does not move teeth more quickly. Since this system only focuses on the front teeth, it uses less force to move teeth more comfortably. Fewer brackets will also cause less irritation to the inside of the mouth.

Q. How much does Six Month Smiles cost?

A. The cost of Six Month Smiles will vary depending on factors such as each patient’s specific treatment goals and their insurance plan. Every insurance plan is different. People interested in Six Months Smiles should contact their insurance provider for coverage information before seeking treatment.

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Definition of Orthodontic Terminology

Accelerated Orthodontics
Use of surgical or noninvasive techniques and equipment to shorten the treatment time with orthodontic appliances.
An archwire in orthodontics is a thin wire that runs through all the brackets in a set of braces and is used for anchorage in correcting teeth alignment irregularities.
Misalignment of the lower and upper teeth or jaws when the mouth is closed.
Oral Hygiene
Oral hygiene is the practice of maintaining the cleanliness of the mouth, teeth, and gums through brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments.
Orthodontic Appliance
Orthodontic appliances have multiple forms that can help treat malocclusions, irregularity with the teeth, and disproportionate jaw issues.
Orthodontic Brackets
A small metal, ceramic, or porcelain attachment that is bonded directly to the teeth that serve as the fastening point for an orthodontic archwire.
Orthodontics is the specialty branch of dentistry that deals with preventing and correcting teeth and jaw irregularities.
An orthodontist is a dentist who is specially qualified to diagnose, prevent, and treat any irregularities of the teeth and jaw.
Six Month Smiles®
Six Month Smiles is an accelerated orthodontic treatment system that focuses on straightening the front teeth.
Tooth Alignment
Tooth alignment refers to how closely or widely spread apart the teeth are from each other.

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Six Months Smiles is a great option for people who want to improve their smiles without lengthy treatment wearing wires and brackets. Our team can determine whether this system is right for you. Call us today at 215-240-8243 to learn more about our services or schedule an appointment.

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