Metal train-track braces may be the most familiar method of teeth straightening, but they are far from the only option. At Smilecraft dental practice in Stevenage, we offer a subtler alternative: the popular Six Month Smiles cosmetic brace system.
Unlike conventional metal braces, Six Month Smiles comprise clear ceramic brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires, so they will blend in well with the natural colour of your teeth. They are resistant to staining and are designed for short-term mild to moderate correction of alignment issues.
The health benefits of teeth straightening
Whilst often referred to as “cosmetic” braces, Six Month Smiles – as with all brace systems – also bring additional health benefits. When teeth are straightened, they are easier to keep clean. With fewer gaps for food particles to get trapped in and plaque bacteria to build up, straighter teeth improve your dental health by cutting your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Of course, you need a good hygiene routine including regular visits to the dentist and hygienist, but you should find cleaning your teeth easier.
Some studies have linked gum disease to serious conditions including diabetes, heart disease, and strokes, thus straightening your teeth can benefit your general health, too.
Six Month Smiles braces are not designed to correct major issues with the bite, but for adults in need of mild to moderate correction of alignment issues, they are often the perfect treatment. When you come for a consultation at our Stevenage dental practice, your dentist will assess your suitability for Six Month Smiles treatment.
Impressions will be taken of your teeth so that your braces can be custom-made. They are generally considered more comfortable than standard orthodontic treatment thanks not only to the low forces used to move your teeth, but also due to the reduced treatment times.
Six months is the average duration of treatment; some patients at our Stevenage practice need only wear these braces for half that time, and the majority of cases are complete in nine months. They work so fast by focussing on the social six teeth – those that are visible when you smile.