Are you ashamed of watching yourself in the mirror with a crooked smile? If you lack confidence because of your uneven smile and facing issues finding a new job or interacting with anyone then there is an orthodontic treatment that lasts for six months and amongst the major advancements in today’s dentistry.
As the name suggests the treatment lasts for an average of six months unlike other traditional braces that continue for years or more. The duration depends upon the severity of oral problems. Condition can be improved in a period of less that six months as well, six months is rather a short period to treat intensive poor esthetics of teeth or malocclusion.
What Do You Mean by Six Month Smiles
It is a kind of wire correction and bracket that is used to align upper and lower teeth in a short frame of six months. Clear brackets are made use of and can also include nickel titanium wires that are almost tooth-colored and this is done to improve the appearance of a smile. Low movement forces are applied which not only improve the oral hygiene but also the structure of misalignment along with added comfort.
Who Are the Right Candidate For Six Month Smiles?
Six month smiles is used to treat variety of oral complaints and the most common of all are:
- Crowding- When the teeth are too closely placed
- Overbite- The teeth are not aligned properly and overlap to an extent
- Underbite- In this case the lower teeth stick out on the upper teeth
- Spacing- If there is so much of gap between the teeth
- Overjet- Here the front teeth stick out on the lower ones
- Crossbite- This happens when the teeth is not aligned properly and the bite is not proper.
- Asymmetry and canted midlines
- For correcting smile
How Can Six Month Smiles Help?
The objective of such kind of a treatment is to improve the smile however and orthodontics generally recommends six month braces to remove malocclusion. Improper bite is a common issues that makes it difficult for the patient to chew and of course the smile does get affected. It leads to various other problems like gum diseases, tooth loss, decay and so much more. Improper bite means misalignment that can also be responsible for the uneven wearing of teeth that can even damage the jaw and cause pain.
This could be an individual decision of something advised by your dentist. Besides improving the overall appearance, orthodontics can be a great help in bringing long term oral health. A bad bite quite difficult to maintain while fixing it is easier, cheaper and can prevent various other oral illness.
General Factors and External Causes of Malocclusion
A bad bite or malocclusion can be because of various reasons and needs orthodontic care. Some of the most common reasons might include:
Lack of proper space in the mouth can lead to crowding and the teeth do not get proper space to grow and do not align properly.
Misaligned Supporting Teeth and Jaw
Improper bone structure lead to uneven growth of teeth further causing bad bite. It not only effects the over all appearance of the face but also troubles while chewing and speaking.
Not Enough teeth/Extra Teeth
Lack of teeth will lead to gap in between and destroy the alignment while extra teeth means over lapping and both can lead to malocclusion.
Loss of primary tooth at an early stage can misguide the permanent tooth. Premature loss often results in partial growth of permanent teeth or crowding and this happens because the teeth tend to tilt towards the gap of missing tooth.
Children often trust their teeth with their tongue and push it towards the lips. Primary teeth are delicate and the force can result in extension or protrusion of teeth which is also known as open bite.
Knocked out or fractured teeth might fuse with the bones when replaced. In growing children it might not line up properly with the jaw and cause irregular bite.
Though an adolescent habit but it can also lead to irregularity of teeth and cause pronounced protrusion where upper teeth over laps the lower teeth.
Procedure Involved in Six Month Smiles
The consultation with an orthodontist begins with a comprehensive examination of oral health, gums and teeth to make sure if you are the right candidate for this procedure. The initial inspection starts with intraoral, x-rays, facial photographs and taking impression of the teeth to understand the malocclusion well. If you come out to be the right candidate for six month smile then models will be used to give straightening effects to your teeth.
Your next sitting will include fitting of clear brackets and arch wire that are generally tooth colored. The brackets are fused between the teeth that is bonded well making use of adhesive. The brackets are fixed in a custom-fabricated tray that can be adjusted depending upon the force needed on the teeth to keep them in place. The adhesive bonding is hardened using high intensity light and made sure that bracket remain in place and then the arch wire is passed through it. Appointment can be fixed by the dentist at regular interval for making adjustments and if tightening is needed.
Care During Six Month Smiles Procedure
Braces are regularly checked by the dentists and adjustments are made but the patient needs to maintain complete dental hygiene all this while and follow whatever is advised by the dentist religiously. Generally a six month smiles candidate is suggested to carry a toothbrush all the time so that the teeth can be cleaned after every meal.
Water pik and interdental brush is used to clean in between the arch wires to get rid of any left overs. Sticky food, hard food, candy, sugary snack must be avoided. Anything with acidic content can damage the braces and the enamel.
After Care and Recovery
Adjustments in braces can make your feel the tightness that last for few hours after the appointment for which generally an over the counter(OTC) pain reliever is recommended. Six month smiles make use of low force movement as compared to traditional braces which are removed once the teeth get in shape. Some patients are advised to wear retainer at night to make sure that the teeth doesn’t run back to its original position.