When it comes to achieving the perfect smile, many of us would jump at the chance for a quick teeth straightening fix, right? 6-month braces are a relatively new concept that is gaining popularity thanks to some clever marketing techniques – after all, who wouldn’t want a brand new, confident smile in just six months?
But do these so-called 6-month braces really work? And, more importantly, will they give you the results you’re looking for?
How do 6-month teeth straightening treatments work?
With any orthodontic treatment, the first stage is always to straighten the teeth (or level and alignment as it is known within the industry!). This stage can take between 6 to 12 months and, once complete, you should be left with teeth that appear to be generally straight. And this is exactly how 6-month treatments work – completing just the first, straightening stage of traditional treatments.
Although this type of teeth straightening treatment will leave you with a smile that looks generally straight, it will not correct any bite problems, move teeth back significantly, correct differences between your upper and lower jaw, or correct fine detail differences in tooth alignment. In essence, you are left with a smile that looks straight on the surface but may well hide a number of dental issues, which take longer to resolve.
It’s also important to note that 6-month brace treatments only actually take 6 months in mild cases, where minimal teeth straightening is required. So if your teeth are more crooked, it will take a bit longer to straighten them.
What are the benefits of a 6-month treatment?
6-month treatments offer a whole host of benefits, the main one being that they allow patients to unveil a straighter, more confident smile within a short space of time. So, if you are preparing for a special occasion, such as a wedding or graduation, and want your teeth to look their very best, this could be the ideal solution.
What’s more, because the braces can be made to be clear or tooth-coloured, they are incredibly discreet and can often go unnoticed.
Will 6-month teeth straightening treatment work for me?
Do you want to improve your smile but aren’t fixated on it being 100% perfect? Would you be willing to compromise a little on the final results of your treatment if it meant that you didn’t have to wear a brace for 18 months? If so, then a 6-month brace could be the perfect solution!
Of course, whether or not a 6 month teeth straightening treatment will work for you and deliver the results you want, will depend upon your specific case, so its important that you speak to your dentist if you’re considering any form of treatment.
Am I a suitable patient for 6-month braces?
When you undergo any cosmetic dental treatment, you don’t just need to consider the alignment of your teeth, but you also need to consider the face, the bones and gums, and the bite. In some cases, you might find that aligning only the front teeth will be acceptable, in which case, this can be done with braces or Invisalign over the course of 6 months.
However, having just your front teeth corrected isn’t always a good idea as, sometimes, straightening just your front teeth may cause other problems in the future. In some cases, for example, the cause of front teeth being crooked is related to the back teeth, so both would need to be treated in order to achieve the desired result.
On the other hand, if issues with your bite are causing the problem, your bite might need to be corrected as well in order to prevent the teeth from easily move back into their original position after being straightened.