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Pros and Cons of Six Months Braces

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How would you like to have a straighter teeth and a more attractive smile in just six months?  If you answered “Yes!”, then you will be happy to know that many dentists now offer orthodontic treatment systems such as the Six Months Smiles system that can get the job done in about six months.

Before the development of orthodontic systems like Six Months Smiles, the primary options for straightening crooked teeth were porcelain veneers, invisible aligners, and traditional braces.  Veneers are a great option, but placement of veneers requires removal of some of the patient’s natural tooth enamel.  Traditional braces and invisible aligners take up to three years to complete the treatment and with traditional braces, the patient has to endure a mouth full of metal colored wires and bands during the treatment.

Six months braces offer another option.  By focusing on only moving the front teeth, these systems typically take about six months to straighten your smile.  They can be used to correct crowding, spacing, overbites, and other common orthodontic issues.  In addition, they use special wires that apply gentle, consistent pressure to slowly and comfortable move the teeth into the proper position.  As an added plus, the wires and bands are tooth colored to make them less noticeable.  Finally, this treatment option is less expensive than the other alternatives.

Six month braces systems cannot correct serious bite issues and the patient has to wear a retainer to maintain their teeth’s positions just like they would with traditional braces or invisible aligners.  Also, there can be some minor discomfort as the teeth move into position.  Also, even thought the wires are tooth colored and are far less noticeable than traditional wire braces, they are not “invisible” like clear aligners.

Your dentist can help you decide whether six months braces are a good alternative for you.

Blog post provided by Marietta Dentists.


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