Six-Month Braces London

SIX-MONTH BRACES IN LONDON

If you feel you have wonky or crooked teeth, the options for straightening them can seem overwhelming. With most treatments, it can also be up to a year or two before you see any noticeable change. But with the six-month smile,  you’re sure to get your teeth straightened within just six months. Our specialists at Chatfield will provide you with an outstanding and effective teeth - straightening process which will not take as long as ordinary braces.

What is a six-month smile?

These are an effective and quick alternative to using conventional braces for re-aligning your teeth using specialized clear braces. This treatment option  is specifically for individuals who want a shorter period of treatment. (Normal orthodontic treatment lasts from between one and three years).

Who should try Six-Month Smiles orthodontic braces?

Many adults are good candidates for Six-Month Smiles; particularly if they have dental issues including intrusions, extrusions, tipping, or rotations.  Here is a list of common problems which can easily be solved by using Six-Month Smiles:

  • Overbite: excessive protrusion of  the upper jaw.
  • Underbite: where there is forward protrusion of the lower jaw, causing it  to extend further out than the upper teeth. (NB- It is normal for the upper teeth to sit slightly ahead of the lower teeth).
  • Spacing: excessively large gaps between the teeth; which can cause “food traps” and lead to tooth decay.
  • Crowding: when the teeth are too large to be properly and naturally accommodated in the natural jaw.
  • Openbite: this is where the teeth don’t come together fully when biting.
  • Crossbite: this is a type of malocclusion in which a set of teeth or tooth is in a position which is astray from its corresponding antagonist tooth on the lower or upper jaw. (For example, two corresponding upper and lower teeth not meeting properly when biting down.)
  • Overjet: This is sometimes mistaken as an overbite.  It occurs when the front teeth have an abnormal and noticeable protrusion.

How can I straighten my teeth in just six months?

Very easily! Orthodontics has advanced leaps and bounds in recent years, as more people seek the smile of their dreams. New technology has been developed and perfected, meaning it is perfectly reasonable to re-align your front teeth in a far shorter period of time than conventional braces would need.

How does it work?

The treatment will usually follow this process:

Consultation: Like with all dental treatment, the process begins with you visiting your dentist to make sure you’re a suitable candidate for Six Month Smiles. Your dentist may suggest other forms of treatment, so will carefully consider your preferences.

Impressions of the teeth are taken: Impressions of your teeth will be taken, along with x-rays and various photos. This will enable your dentist to plan the treatment fully, and give an indication of how your smile will appear afterwards. You can discuss your particular expectations and wishes with your dentist.

Impressions are sent to the laboratory: The impressions of your teeth are taken, then sent off to the laboratory for your bespoke clear braces to be made.

Customised braces are created: Shortly after the impressions of your teeth have been taken, the impressions and models will be used by your orthodontist to make tooth-coloured wires and clear braces.

Fitting these braces: After the previous step, your dentist will fit these custom made braces. They are tooth-coloured, which makes them barely noticeable and a very discreet option.  Occasionally, your dentist may need to relieve crowding to increase space for your teeth to move; they may do this by simple polishing or they may suggest having a tooth removed (in extreme cases). You’ll also need to go back to your dentist for the braces to be re-tightened at least every four to five weeks, to keep the teeth in the right position. This will maximize the chance of getting the smile you want after six months.

Retainers fitted: Fixed or removable retainers are made for your teeth to prevent them from reverting back to their pre-treatment position.

What are the benefits of Six Months Smile?

  • Shorter treatment period

This is perhaps the main benefit of Six Month Smiles- it gives you straighter teeth and a nicer smile considerably faster than other types of orthodontic treatment. If you want to look your best for your wedding, or another occasion coming up quickly, this may be the best option.

  • Less noticeable

It uses transparent and clear aligners to straighten the teeth, making them far less noticeable compared to other types of orthodontic treatment. They are an extremely discreet option for people who may be self-conscious about having braces..

  • Affordable treatment procedure

The process is cheaper and more affordable simply because it doesn’t take as long as other types of orthodontic treatment.

  • “Lighter” method of treatment

The system only uses light force, which makes the treatment much more comfortable and less painful compared to some other orthodontic treatments. There is also less chance of harm to the gum and root tissues. 

Some FAQs:

Q1. Why is Six Month Smiles so quick, when other treatment options take over a year?

Six Month Smiles makes use of special wires made with nickel-titanium for treatment. With this material, your teeth are slowly moved. The key difference which accounts for the speed of results is that this option focuses on enhancing your teeth’s aesthetics and appearance, rather than your bite’s position.

Q2. Is this treatment usually painful?

Pain while having this treatment is uncommon. The treatment applicance functions quite slowly while realining the teeth. However, the thing to remember is that every case and patient is different, so one person may experience more discomfort than another. Any discomfort is usually fairly minor and can be eased with standard remedies, such as ibuprofen and aspirin.

Q3.  Will there be a change in my speech? 

You will probably experience a few minor changes in the first week of treatment.  As you get used to using them though,  your speech will most likely return to normal quickly.

Q4. What is the cost of having Six Months braces?

The price of a six-month smile is usually lower compared to traditional metal braces, although the outcome may not be similar to when using standard orthodontics. Each case is different and depends on the extent of the malocclusion, and your expectations and wishes.

Q5. Do I need to use retainers after the six months of treatment?

Yes! This is important with any kind of orthodontic treatment. If you do not wear retainers once the treatment is completed, your teeth may drift back to their original positions. So it is vital to wear your retainers as directed.