6 Month Smiles
Straight Teeth Quicker
Who is 6 month Smiles Suitable for?
Is 6 month smiles worth it?
You don't have to wear the braces or aligners for very long
Clear aligners/tooth coloured brackets and wires are used which are very discreet
The cost is less compared to the traditional full-length braces treatment
The treatment only moves your front teeth for aesthetic correction
Does not correct your bite at all, might worsen your bite by only taking front teeth aesthetics into consideration
The patient might have false expectations about the treatment resulting in having to undergo another treatment to correct other dental issues resulting in doubled cost and doubled up treatment time
What is the treatment process of 6 month Smiles?
A stone model of all your teeth will be created and 6 month smiles clear brackets will be placed on the model teeth to simulate bracket placement in the mouth and the measurements recorded. Using these measurements, a custom bonding tray is fabricated so that the brackets can be placed in those exact same positions by your dentist. A 6 Month Smiles patient tray kit (PTK) comprising the custom bonding trays, is then sent over by the lab to your dentist for initiation of the treatment.
The unique selling point of the patient tray kit (PTK) is the customized bonding trays, which can be used to pre-position the 6 Month Smiles brackets, for easy and one-step seating. The dentist only has to etch the teeth, coat the adhesive provided in the PTK on the brackets and position the custom bonding tray on the teeth.
Once the adhesive is set and the brackets are securely attached, the tooth-coloured wires and elastic ties can be placed and adjusted. The wires used in the 6 month Smiles Treatment have shape memory property and align the teeth into preset positions. Wire bending which is seen in conventional braces is not required. However, monthly wire adjustments and tightening, similar to conventional braces, need to be done. At the end of 6 months, once the desired alignment has been achieved in the patient's mouth, the wires and brackets are removed and retainers are provided.
Yes, you can get 6 month smiles on just your bottom teeth without worrying about the top teeth. But usually, the top teeth may also need to be adjusted along with the bottom teeth to get the best aesthetic results.
- Metal braces
Conventional metal braces are a type of orthodontic treatment that bring reliable results. They consist of metal brackets that are glued onto the front of the teeth and metal wires that pass through these brackets to apply pressure on the teeth. Metal braces are preferred by many people because they can treat a variety of complex alignment issues. They can be placed either on the front or back surfaces of your teeth, (in which case they are called lingual braces).
- Ceramic braces
Ceramic braces are a more discrete alternative to the “metalhead mouth” seen with conventional metal braces. They have tooth-coloured brackets and a thin metal or plastic coated wire that looks more aesthetically pleasing.
Invisalign systems use clear aligners or trays worn on the teeth to correct malaligned teeth. The trays are custom made for each patient using 3-D imaging technology and CAD CAM systems. Patients undergoing this treatment are given a set of 10-30 trays (depending on the requirement) and each tray is changed every 2-3 weeks as and when tooth movement occurs. The clear aligners are so discreet that they are almost invisible to onlookers. The end result is a beautiful and attractive smile without having to wear braces.
6 Month Smiles braces are very similar to conventional braces, except that the brackets and wires are clear or tooth-coloured. The braces use a small but constant force on the teeth to push them gradually into alignment. All the materials required for the entire treatment process are included in the patient tray kit (PTK) by the 6 Month Smile Processing Center. The brackets and orthodontic wires provided in the PTK help in gradual tooth movement to reach the desired tooth aesthetics. During the course of the treatment, thinner wires may be switched out for thicker wires, depending on the force required.