Others begin to immediately form opinions about your attractiveness, personality, hygiene, and success based largely on your smile. Straight teeth play a big role in first impressions, and they are equally important to how you see yourself. Have you have resisted orthodontics because of concerns about appearance, discomfort, or treatment time? 6 Month Smiles is changing the minds of patients in the Phoenix area.
How braces move teeth
Consistent pressure applied to a tooth initiates a biochemical process called bone remodeling. Orthodontic bands, brackets, wires, and ligatures create that force. One side of the tooth is compressed against the periodontal membrane, while a space is created on the opposite site. Osteoclasts break down cells on the compressed side, while the body simultaneously produces osteoblasts, bone growing cells, on the other side. Because the process takes several months, aggressive force is not beneficial. Gentle, constant pressure moves teeth efficiently, allowing them to stabilize in their new positions.
Types of Braces available at Life Smiles Dental Care - Dr. Timothy Schmidt
Do you do braces at your office?
Yes, we do braces in our office, and when it comes to orthodontics, we have two options.
What makes the 6-Months smiles product good?
We use a product called 6 Months smiles. The nice thing about this product is,
1) The speed that it can be done; an average case takes just over 6 months.
2) The second thing that I like about 6 Months smiles is that it is very discrete.
The brackets are white, ceramic brackets and the wire is coated in white color, so it is great for adult orthodontics.
What is ClearCorrect?
The other product we do is an aligner similar to an Invisalign aligner. We use a product called ClearCorrect that like an Invisalign style aligner, it goes over the teeth and it is removable.
It’s been an effective way to move teeth or complete orthodontic treatment; it is a discrete and cosmetic way to complete orthodontic treatment.
The 6 Month Smiles difference
It takes about two years to resolve malocclusion with traditional braces. Removable clear aligners treat mild to moderate misalignment in 12 to 18 months. With the 6 Month Smiles system, you can have straighter teeth by your next regular dental cleaning appointment. The efficiency of 6 Month Smiles is possible because treatment focuses on cosmetic enhancement, not bite problems; large molars are not moved. In addition, appliances are fixed in place, so compliance is not an issue.
Why patients love 6 Month Smiles
- The system uses clear brackets and wires that match the color of your teeth. Most people won’t realize you are straightening your teeth unless they look very closely.
- Treatment is affordable.
- Aggressive wire tightening appointments are not needed.
- While veneers may also be an option, they must be replaced periodically. With good oral hygiene, improvement from 6 Month Smiles can be lifelong.
- Treatment includes a retainer – your choice of removable or bonded – to maintain results.
Most individuals over the age of 16 are good candidates for 6 Month Smiles orthodontic treatment. Call our Phoenix office at (602) 786-5484 to find out if you are one of them.