Six Month Smiles

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on April 30, 2018

Model_bannerFeeling good about your smile can do a lot to boost your confidence and self-esteem. The investment in braces can have a lot of appeal to someone who wants straight teeth. However, many adults seeking a straighter smile don’t want to commit to a long orthodontic treatment, or don’t want the look of traditional metal brackets on their teeth. For people who desire affordable, barely noticeable, short-term treatment to cosmetically straighten the front teeth, Six Month Smiles may be an option to consider.


What is Six Month Smiles?


Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic treatment program designed to straighten teeth in about six months. It focuses on straightening only the teeth that are visible when you smile, which helps to achieve speedy results.

Similar to traditional metal braces, Six Month Smiles uses brackets and wire to straighten teeth. Part of the appeal of Six Month Smiles, though, is that the brackets and wire used are clear or tooth-colored, so they are much less noticeable than traditional braces. The discreet clear brackets are a popular choice among adults and teens who do not like the look of traditional metal brackets.

Is Six Month Smiles right for me?


The treatment used with Six Month Smiles is sometimes referred to as “short-term orthodontics.” Six Month Smiles treatment is designed to be completed in about (you guessed it!) six months. One advantage of this type of treatment is that it is completed quickly, whereas traditional comprehensive treatment typically takes 12-18 months.

Six Month Smiles and other short-term orthodontic programs are often more affordable than longer-term programs because they require fewer dentist visits. The shorter treatment program means faster results however it is not typically used for people who have more extensive misalignment or bite problems. If you are only seeking cosmetic changes to the front teeth, Six Month Smiles is a great option.

Six Month Smiles is typically used for adult or teenage patients who want quick, affordable straightening of only the front teeth. It is important for patients to know that Six Month Smiles isn’t designed to improve the bite or other orthodontic issues but will only make cosmetic changes to the positioning of the front teeth. Traditional comprehensive treatment, on the other hand, is used to straighten all the teeth and can improve the way they bite together. Patients with bite-related problems, or more extensive misalignment should consider comprehensive treatment.

 Advantages of Six Month Smiles: 

  • Complete treatment in around six months
  • Barely visible clear brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Fewer office visits due to shorter treatment time
  • Affordability due to fewer office visits

 Disadvantages of Six Month Smiles:

  • Does not correct bite issues
  • Only recommended for adults and teens with a lesser degree of misalignment
  • Does not straighten back teeth


Still have questions?

In short, Six Month Smiles is an innovative and effective treatment, but it’s not for everyone. It’s important that patients fully research various treatments before the make a decision. Give us a call today so we can help you make the right decision for your wants, needs, and budget. Click here to take advantage of $500 off your Six Month Smiles treatment!

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