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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Six Month Smiles

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Do you have questions about your oral health or your treatment recommendations? That is excellent, because you should ask questions about your health!

At Stanford Dental, we consider ourselves your partners, and we’re here to help you make the right decisions for your dental needs. We welcome any questions you have, and we’re happy to answer them.

We’ve gathered a list of some of the questions that we hear the most and provided the answers for you here. If you don’t see your question, we encourage you to call our office and talk with one of our knowledgeable staff members.

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles is one method grouped into the category of short term orthodontic treatments. Although complete full orthodontic treatment is the preferred recommendation for adolescents who are still experiencing face and bone growth. After the growth of and individual has ceased, the outcome from orthodontic treatment is more limited. 
If the candidate is seeking to have perfectly aligned roots and teeth, then full orthodontic treatment is the best consideration. Six Month Smiles and other forms of short term orthodontics to include some Invisalign treatments were developed to provide more of cosmetic alignment of a patients teeth with less emphasis on perfectly straight roots of teeth. The concept was developed after a number of full orthodontic adult patients were asking to stop treatment and have their braces removed after about six to nine months of treatment because they had achieved the desired look they had imagined prior to beginning orthodontic treatment. 
Also, for any adult orthodontic care, a lifetime commitment to wearing some type of a retainer is a must if you desire to keep your teeth straight. This is due to the natural tendency of teeth to shift as we age. People ask “How long do I have to wear my retainer?”, and the answer should be as long as you want to keep your teeth straight. 
Some tricks are used for patients who are no longer experience growth but have crowded teeth. Your teeth can be conservatively straightened using a method called IPR (Inner Proximal Reduction) where  diamond scaling straps can re shape teeth and provide room for teeth to fit straight within a patients jaw. Another trick to allow teeth to move more openly are bite bumps which can be placed on selective teeth.
Please call us so we can evaluate if you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles!

Six Month Smiles is an amazing and quick way to straighten your teeth without the hassle and time it takes as with traditional braces. There are four major differences between Six Month Smiles and traditional braces:

1. Six Month Smiles braces are CLEAR. We provide you with white brackets and clear rubber bands so they blend in with your natural smile. While Christmas, Halloween, and neon colors may be cool for kids; it is not what our professional adult patients want when changing their smile.

2. Six Month Smiles is orthodontics recommended for ADULTS ONLY. This is usually a great solution for adults who have already had braces and their teeth have shifted with age. It is also a solution for adults who were never able to get traditional braces as a child.

3. Six Month Smiles is drastically FASTER treatment than traditional braces. This method focuses in on a cosmetic change over a bite change, which the main reason why we don't recommend this method for children. This is also why most our patients can have straight teeth in as little as only six months.

4. Six Month Smiles is typically astronomically LESS EXPENSIVE than traditional braces. While traditional braces can cost up to $10,000, Six Month Smiles is HALF that cost for our patients. This makes it easily obtainable for everyone! We also have special financing options for our Six Month Smiles patients.

Now is the time to get the straight, white smile you have always dreamed of! With Six Month Smiles that dream can become a reality by your next cleaning appointment! As a cherry on top, every Six Month Smile patient receives FREE teeth whitening after their completed with treatment. Don't delay; call our Manchester dental office today!

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