Your dental health is important to you and you always want to look your best so you know you shouldn’t keep putting off fixing those few crooked teeth that have always embarrassed you, so what is keeping you from fixing them? Is it the cost of braces? Or feeling like a tween again having to wear metal braces?

Luckily today there are so many more options in dental care that are less expensive and less obtrusive to wear. Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic treatment that involves clear adult braces that concentrate just on realigning the teeth that show when you smile. You won’t be tortured with a mouth full of braces. These braces are meant to only improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile, not correct the bite.

Here are 5 reasons Six Month Smiles is worth the cost?

1. Treats Most Bite Issues

Most adults with crooked or gapped teeth are good candidates for Six Month Smiles. The most common dental issues that can be treated with Six Month Smiles are crooked front teeth, extrusions, rotations and intrusions. It also works for diastemas and spacing issues as well as overbites, open bites and crowded and overlapping teeth. However if you have serious misalignment or bite issues, regular braces or Invisalign will be better because they will actually correct those issues instead of just focusing on cosmetic appearance.

2. Easy to Wear

Because they are only meant to correct the appearance of your smile, Six Month Smiles braces use a gentle force to move the teeth which makes them very comfortable to wear. You will also experience less soreness than you would with regular braces. You won’t have to worry about the pressure causing damage to the roots of your teeth either.

And because they are made of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, you won’t be so embarrassed about wearing braces. Most people won’t even notice they you have them on.

3. Easier to Brush With

Another great benefit of choosing Six Month Smiles is that with them it is easier to maintain proper hygiene. Because the braces are only on a few teeth, it will be easier to get in there and brush and floss making sure you get rid of all the plaque and bacteria. And because you only have to wear them for six months, there is less of a risk of developing cavities or gum inflammation which can sometimes happen with regular braces.

4. Quicker Treatment Time

It is in the name. Treatment only lasts for 6 months. Keep in mind, however, that for some patients because of their individual alignment issues, treatment may last a little longer. If you have a special event like a prom or your wedding that you’d like to have a straighter smile for, Six Month Smiles can make it happen for you as long as you plan ahead. With traditional braces that can take 2-3 years for treatment to be finished there would be not way for you to see the results you were looking for in 6 months time.

5. Worth the Extra Cost

The cost of Six Month Smiles can vary. In some cases, it is less than traditional braces, and in other cases it might be a little bit more. If cost is a big reason you have been avoiding orthodontic care in the first place, this is probably not what you want to hear, but really what you should be asking yourself is, how much do I value a beautiful smile? While Six Month Smiles can cost a little more than traditional metal braces, it is worth it when you consider all the benefits of this type of treatment. And most orthodontists offer a variety of treatment options to help you manage the cost better so it still can be very affordable.

What to Expect at the Orthodontist’s Office

Just like with traditional braces, you will go in for a consultation and the orthodontist will do an evaluation and take x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth to create a model that will help the orthodontist plan your treatment.

If you are a good candidate for Six Month Smiles, the model will be used to fabricate the braces and then during your next appointment they will be put on. Next you will come back to the orthodontist every four to five weeks for any adjustments and wire tightening until you are able to have the braces removed.

Keep in mind though that Six Month Smiles is similar to traditional braces in certain ways as well. First, there will be some food restrictions. Sticky and hard food and candy can damage the brackets and wires so you still need to avoid them. Foods like whole apples should be cut up into smaller bite sizes pieces. Also avoid sugary food and drink to cut down on the risk of cavities during treatment. Make sure you follow all the instructions that the orthodontist gives you.

Finding the Right Orthodontist

Besides finding the right treatment for you, it is also important that you find the right orthodontist for you as well.

For the best results, you want an orthodontist who is experienced and has proven success in treating different alignment issues. Here are some qualities you should look for:

  • Individualized attention – Look for an orthodontist and team who understand that each patient’s situation is different. You want someone who will take the time to sit down and go over all your options and create for you the best treatment plan for your particular needs.
  • A team that really cares – It is important that you pick a team that really cares for you and will be compassionate and understanding throughout your care.
  • Experienced staff – Make sure you choose an orthodontist who is certified by the American Board of Orthodontist and who is experienced and skilled at your preferred type of treatment.
  • Updated equipment and technology — If you have ever walked into a dentist’s office and felt like you walked back into the 70s, then you understand the importance of updated equipment and technology. It is hard to have confidence in an orthodontist who hasn’t stayed up-to-date on all the current technology and trends in orthodontics.

PA Dental Wellness is an experienced orthodontic practice in Phoenixville. Contact PA Dental Wellness Phoenixville today for your free consultation.