Do you find yourself examining your smile in the mirror, hoping for straighter teeth? A lot of patients desire a straighter smile, but don’t want to go through the long treatment process of traditional braces and orthodontics or even clear aligners, such as Invisalign®. At Smiles 4 Grant Park, Dr. Abbey Lee understands that not all patients have the same needs when it comes to straightening their smile. For patients with mild to moderate teeth alignment issues, Six Month Smiles can offer a beautiful smile in about half the time of Invisalign and a fourth of the time of traditional braces!
Ready to take action for a straighter smile? Contact our Grant Park practice today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Abbey Lee. She can examine your teeth and help you understand your smile alignment options. Call us today at 404.328.7177.
Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic solution that addresses cosmetic alignment issues in the front of your smile. Clear brackets and tooth-colored wires offer a discrete solution that is much less visible than traditional braces. If Dr. Lee decides that Six Month Smiles is a good solution for you, treatment will begin with impressions of your teeth. These impressions will help guide treatment to ensure that your alignment issues are corrected. Next, a second appointment will include Dr. Lee placing the Six Month Smiles braces onto your teeth. This only takes about one hour in the dental chair. During the next six months, you will have to come in for quick adjustment appointments; these adjustments guide your teeth into the correct place. Usually, anywhere from three to seven adjustments are needed for most patients. Finally, after about six months, Dr. Lee can remove the braces and your new smile is complete! After removal of the braces, Dr. Lee will fit you for a retainer which will preserve the alignment of your beautiful smile.
Since Six Month Smiles is a shorter treatment process, it’s best suited for patients with less extreme alignment issues. Six Month Smiles does not correct bite issues such as underbites, overbites or crossbites (however, these conditions typically can be fixed with Invisalign®). This treatment is ideal for those patients with gapped, crooked, overlapping, or just generally unaligned teeth.
Patients must be over the age of 15, with fully developed primary teeth. This ensures that the straightened teeth can be maintained, without interference from new developing teeth. In addition, all candidates must have healthy teeth and gums. Restorative work, such as treating periodontal disease or tooth decay, must be completed before Six Month Smiles treatment can begin.
A straighter smile for aesthetic purposes is reason enough to seek solutions for your crooked or gapped teeth, but you should know that straighter teeth also have oral health benefits. Teeth that are uneven or overlapped can trap plaque and tartar since they may be harder to clean with a toothbrush and floss. With a straighter smile, you can have the benefit of a more beautiful smile and improved oral health.
If Six Month Smiles sounds like the solution you’ve been looking for, schedule a consultation with Dr. Abbey Lee! We’re pleased to be a certified Six Month Smiles provider for the Grant Park area. Call us today! We look forward to speaking with you soon.