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Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the practice of straightening teeth. When teeth are crooked, crowded or misaligned, orthodontic treatment is used to achieve an occlusion, or perfect bite. Through various orthodontic appliances, pressure is continuously applied to move teeth into the correct position. 

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Invisalign

Since the product was introduced, over 250,000 people have been treated successfully with Invisalign. The Invisalign braces system uses a series of clear, removable aligners. The biomechanics of Invisalign are exactly the same as traditional metal dental braces. The series of custom-made aligners press directly on the teeth to exert pressure and gradually move them into place.

For the Invisalign dentist, everything is done prior to the start of any treatment. During your evaluation appointment, your orthodontist or dentist will course out each movement and attachment needed during your orthodontic dental treatment.

Planning is crucial and is geared toward the patient's need. Your orthodontist, general dentist or cosmetic dentist will evaluate your teeth and come up with the best treatment for you.

Invisalign Braces vs. Wire Braces

The big difference is the clear factor -- Invisalign braces are transparent and virtually invisible to the naked eye. Invisalign can be used for virtually any type of malocclusion with positive results. While a lisp is common during the first day or two of wear, you'll get used to the fit in no time.

Here are other advantages of Invisalign braces over traditional wire braces:

Chair time is greatly reduced. With wire braces you're in the dental office every two weeks or so for a tightening. With an Invisalign program, you'll see your dentist only every six weeks and he or she will arm you with your next few sets of aligners and monitor your progress.

Oral hygiene is improved. Unlike traditional braces, you can remove your Invisalign braces when you eat, drink, brush and floss. That means your teeth are less likely to trap food and act as a catch-all for dental plaque. In addition, the ability to remove Invisalign braces makes for improved dental cleanings! 

 

Six Month Smiles®

 

As an adult, you can handle just about anything -- and that includes orthodontic treatment. But many adults choose not to get dental braces because of the time commitment. The average treatment time for braces is two years, which seems like an eternity in adult terms. After all, who wants to spend years in metal braces when you're trying to focus on your career, social life or family? Fortunately, you can straighten your teeth in as little as a few months -- thanks to Six Month Smiles®, you can get a smile makeover without commiting to long-term orthodontic treatment!

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Six Month Smiles is a modified orthodontic treatment that uses nearly invisible clear braces to gently straighten teeth in an average time of six months. How does it work? Six Month Smiles focuses on straightening your front teeth to improve your appearance. Once dental treatment is complete, your smile will appear straight and even, though your bite may not be affected.

The Short-Term, High-Tech Solution

The makers of Six Month Smiles consider their treatment a Short Term Ortho™ solution for patients looking to improve their smiles. Rather than traditional orthodontics, which is used to correct your bite, Six Month Smiles places emphasis on cosmetic results. With a focus on correcting the teeth that show when you smile, Six Month Smiles combines traditional treatment with the latest orthodontic technology to achieve accelerated, yet reliable, results.

Like other types of "speed braces," six-month smile treatment uses nickel titanium wires to move teeth into the correct position. Nickel titanium wire is a flexible metal alloy that returns to its original shape when exposed to heat. After it's threaded through your brackets, the Six Months Smile wire adjusts to the heat of your mouth and becomes rigid, providing light, continuous pressure to gently move your front teeth into place. 

Your Smile Makeover Options

If you're thinking of getting a smile makeover, you may want to add Six Month Smiles to your list of options. When compared to dental veneers, Six Month Smiles may be considered a less invasive, longer-lasting smile makeover solution. Six-month smile treatment doesn't require your dentist to remove tooth structure or cover up your natural smile. Veneers that are well-cared for can last up to 15 years, but orthodontic treatment can last a lifetime if you follow post-treatment guidelines. On the other hand, veneers require a shorter treatment time and cover stains and imperfections that orthodontics can't correct.

Six Month Smiles may also be used to correct more severe cases of misaligned teeth that removable dental braces can't fix. Considering that six-month smile treatment is based on conventional orthodontic techniques, results are often as predictable as traditional dental braces. Depending on each case, the cost and treatment time associated with Six Month Smiles may vary.