You may have heard of certain types of brace that claim to straighten squint teeth faster than traditional braces. These brands include 'Six Month Smiles', 'Inman Aligners', 'Quick Straight Teeth' and 'Fast Braces' amongst others. Often you'll see these advertised in family dental practices when attending for a checkup or routine dental work.
It is important to understand that these braces are designed to allow family dentists to carry out simple orthodontic treatment only.
They do NOT move teeth any faster than standard braces!
At Park Orthodontics with offer Six Month Smiles in Glasgow as one of an array of teeth straightening solutions.
To start providing orthodontic treatment with these braces a family dentist can attend a course for one to three days. A specialist orthodontist must complete at least six years full time training to become qualified. Specialists therefore have the knowledge and experience to explain the wide range of treatment options, not simply offer a basic brace.
Sometimes aligning only the front teeth which are visible when smiling is perfectly OK and we will always offer this when appropriate. This means teeth will improve within six months because there is only small amounts of movements required. The braces are exactly the same!
Have a look at our 'Mini Brace' section and this video from the British Orthodontic Society for more information:
In most cases, no! And for six month smile correction, specialist care is generally a lot less expensive. Our prices for this type of smile correction start at £850 compared to the average of £2000 for the equivalent brace carried out by a dentist. The reason we can offer this huge discount is because we do not have to pay the brace companies large setup costs.
So if you would like to smile confidently under the care of an experienced specialist please get in touch with our team to start running through your options.
These are bracket and wire braces that work on the front six to eight teeth only, the ones that show most when we smile.
Mildly crooked, crowded, spaced, rotated or extruded front teeth. These cosmetic braces will not address in-depth orthodontic problems. Complex bite issues cannot be resolved with Six Month Smiles, but most adult don't need this – this work is usually done in childhood and teenage years. Adults more usually require teeth straightening rather than serious jaw realignment.
The brackets are made from ceramics and the wires are made from nickel titanium coated in a tooth-coloured material. They aren't invisible, but they blend in with the teeth rather than stand out from them.
We use dental adhesive to fix the braces in place, which is hardened using a light to keep everything secure.
You'll need to come into the surgery for regular check-ups throughout the treatment, so we can tighten the wires and keep an eye on progress.
You will need to be vigilant throughout treatment to brush and floss your teeth and keep the braces clean to avoid the build-up of plaque and bacteria. We will talk you through how to keep your braces clean at your fitting appointment and also offer an information sheet on this.
While it's true that a general dentist can train at a weekend seminar to fit Six Month Smiles, they don't possess the depth of knowledge that our orthodontists do. While the treatment should be simple, in reality, every case is different and with our level of expertise, we can spot problems before they occur.
That is a possibility. We may remove small amounts of enamel if the teeth are overcrowded to create space for them to move, or we may need to remove whole teeth.
There may still be some initial discomfort, but this should wear off after a few days. If it doesn't, let us know. You may need to take over-the-counter painkillers to begin with.
Speech may also be affected for a couple of weeks – again, let us know if this doesn't wear off.
The method used is the same as traditional braces, it's just that Six Month Smiles works on a smaller area. Traditional braces take up to two years to work because they are correcting the jaw as well as the teeth, including the back teeth, which take longer to shift.
Be aware that six months is the average treatment time: it varies from 4-9 months.
Six Month Smile braces are visible, but they aren't as visible as metal braces. They can be seen close up but not from a distance, so the impact is fairly minimal. They are ideal for getting ready for a special occasion in a short period of time, such as a wedding.
Because treatment time is less, there is less risk of root or nerve damage.
Yes. As with all orthodontic treatment, you will need to wear a retainer indefinitely to make sure that your teeth don't drift back into their old position. We can bond a retainer to the back of your teeth or you can opt for a removable one.