Many patients want a straighter smile but are apprehensive about committing to traditional braces, which typically require several months or even years.
To help patients achieve a straighter smile faster than ever before, Dr. G. Brooks Haney offers a revolutionary orthodontic treatment known as Six Month Smiles®.
Besides the expedited treatment timeline, what makes Six Month Smiles so great?
Are you self-conscious about your smile? Do you constantly cover your teeth when you laugh, talk, or pose for pictures? Despite these concerns, many patients avoid orthodontic treatment because they do not want to wear metal braces for two years. Six Month Smiles, offered at our Richardson, TX practice, is an excellent solution for patients looking to quickly correct gapped teeth or a misaligned bite. This treatment option gradually moves the teeth using tooth-colored wires and clear brackets for a discreet look. Dr. G. Brooks Haney has extensive knowledge in this type of orthodontic treatment and is the Assistant Clinical Director and a Clinical Instructor and Mentor for Six Month Smiles Braces.
Exploring Candidacy for Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is an outstanding option for those primarily concerned with alignment issues of the front teeth. Often referred to as the “social six”, these are the teeth that are visible when you smile. Eligibility is typically reserved for adult patients with an established bite and a fully developed jaw.
In addition, patients considering any type of orthodontic treatment should be free from gum disease and extensive decay. If these issues are present, restorative options will be recommended first.
Of course, the most surefire way to know if Six Month Smiles is right for you is to attend a consultation with your dentist. During this visit, he or she can assess your specific needs and help you explore your treatment options.
Six Month Smiles vs Traditional Braces
Traditional braces consist of metal wires, bands, and brackets. These components apply gentle, steady pressure to the teeth, gradually moving them into their desired positions. Traditional braces are incredibly effective. However, they are quite noticeable. For this reason, many patients decide to forego orthodontic treatment altogether. In most instances, it takes about 18 to 24 months to straighten teeth using traditional metal braces.
Six Month Smiles is an outstanding option for those primarily concerned with alignment issues of the front teeth.
In contrast, Six Month Smiles uses see-through brackets and white wires that blend in with your natural teeth. As a result, this treatment method is discreet. In fact, these braces are virtually unnoticeable. Treatment with Six Month Smiles is also much faster compared to treatment with traditional braces. As the name suggests, most individuals can achieve the desired results in about six months’ time.
Six Month Smiles Treatment Process
The first step of any procedure is to meet with your doctor during an initial consultation. During this visit, Dr. Haney will talk with you in detail about your personal aesthetic goals and design a customized treatment plan. If you are a candidate for Six Month Smiles, we will schedule an appointment for you to have your braces placed – a process that typically only takes about one hour. During the first month, your teeth will adjust to your new oral appliance, and your smile will begin shifting. Generally, patients will notice an obvious improvement in their smile every single month. During this time, some adjustments will be necessary to keep your progress on track. In most cases, the desired results can be achieved in only six months. The result? A beautiful smile and a boost in self-confidence.
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Q) Do Six Month Smiles braces cost more than regular braces?
A) Cost is generally a little less than traditional braces, and you can potentially save a tremendous amount of time.
Q) Can my teeth really be straightened in just six months? How is that possible?
A) Dr. Haney utilizes the absolute latest technology to move teeth quickly and safely. The key is the low pressure nickel-titanium wires that we use on the teeth that show when you smile. Six Month Smiles braces are intended to move the teeth in the smile zone. This technique is not a substitute for full conventional orthodontic treatment, and complex cases may still require a referral to an orthodontist.
Q) The concept sounds terrific, but will I have metal showing in my mouth for six months?
A) No! Six Month Smiles dentists use tooth-colored braces that are barely visible. The wires we use are tooth-colored as well. Six Months Smiles braces look nothing like traditional wire braces.
Q) How are Six Month Smiles more comfortable than regular braces?
A) Six Month Smiles are low-force braces that move teeth more comfortably. Some people assume that a greater force must be applied, but this is not the case. Actually, the pressure is so low because the focus is moving the teeth that show and not realigning the jaw or bite. The emphasis of Six Month Smiles is cosmetic.
Q) Do Six Month Smiles braces damage teeth, roots, or gums?
A) Six Month Smiles braces will not damage your teeth, roots, or gums more than traditional orthodontics. In fact, the risk is less, because the braces are worn for a shorter period of time.
Q) Will I need to wear a retainer when treatment is finished?
A) Absolutely. As with any orthodontic movement, a retainer is required to maintain the position of your new smile. We highly recommend a permanently bonded retainer, but there are other options available.
Q) What’s the catch?
A) There is no catch! If you are 18 years or older and want to change your smile, and you are not looking to make major alterations to your bite, you may be a great candidate. Most adults are candidates for Six Month Smiles.
Learn More about Six Month Smiles
If you desire a straighter smile without the need for traditional braces, consider what Six Month Smiles can do for you. To schedule a consultation at Smiles of North Dallas, contact us online or call us at (972) 644-9595.
Dr. G. Brooks Haney
Dr. G. Brooks Haney has been helping patients restore their smiles of over 25 years. Throughout his career, he has achieved several accomplishments. He was voted as one of Dallas' Top Dentists by "D" Magazine and was included on the Texas Super Dentists® list in Texas Monthly magazine.
To experience Dr. Haney's highly recognized dental care firsthand, request a consultation online or call our practice at (972) 644-9595.
“I can't say enough good things about Dr. Haney and his staff! They truly care about their patients and they are the best that I've ever experienced.... I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to Dr. Haney and his wonderful staff!” Vivian S.