Braces™. That’s right Six
Month Braces. You are not dreaming. You did read that
correctly. Six month braces is not a dream, but it can be the
answer to the dreams of many patients.
As the name
implies Six Month Braces is an orthodontic treatment that is
completed in 6 months. Allow me to clarify; the great majority
of cases are completed in a treatment time of 6 months. Some
patient’s are actually treated in less time. Some
very difficult cases can take more time. Even these difficult
cases are often treated in just 8 or 9 months. So treatment is
completed in 4 to 9 months with most cases being completed in
The Goal of Six Month Braces
patients seeking orthodontic treatment have a chief complaint
related to the esthetics of their teeth. Although some
patients may have complaints related to TMJ problems,
headaches, or facial profile concerns, the great majority of
patients want to improve their smiles.
The goal of
Six Month Braces is to
give the patient a great smile. Six month braces is analogous
to porcelain veneers, bonding and other cosmetic dentistry
procedures. Instead of preparing the teeth and bonding
porcelain veneers to them, the teeth are moved orthodontically
to their most beautiful position. This is not to say that we
do not change the bite because we do, but the main focus of
treatment is the anterior cosmetic of the front teeth. This
usually solves the chief complaint of the patient and gives
the desired result – a great smile.
wanted a great smile and she got it…in 5 months!
How Do Six Month Braces Work?
Six month braces is actually a combination of time tested
orthodontic techniques that have been put together in a new
and exciting way. Some of the techniques have been used for
over 60 years and have been well documented in the orthodontic
literature. These techniques were put together in the 1980’s
and the technologies to implement them have finally been made
available. A key ingredient of the Six
Month Braces procedure is the use of high-tech arch
wires. These wires exert a light continuous force to gently
move the teeth to the desired position.
Will Six Month Braces work on me? My teeth are all crowded together.
The most common
chief complaint of patients seeking orthodontic treatment is
crowding. Crowded cases are treated very well with Six
Month Braces. So how do we gain space to fit all the teeth
into the arch? Most crowded cases have large teeth in a small
jaw, or arch. In many cases simply rounding out and developing
the constricted arch will give you enough room to align the
In this case simply
rounding out the constricted arch gave enough room to
alleviate the crowding and give the desired result.
severe cases will require enamel reproximation along with arch
development to obtain the desired result. Enamel reproximation
is gentle polishing between the teeth and is also called
slenderizing or reprox. Repox has a 60 year history in
orthodontics. It is a very conservative way to help alleviate
crowding, it is painless, it does not increase the incidence
of tooth decay or periodontal disease and it can help increase
long term stability of the final result by slightly flattening
the contact points between the teeth.
The lower teeth had
more crowding than the upper so a combination of reprox and
rounding out the arch gave the desired result. Total treatment
time was 7 ½ months.
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