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Will Six Month Braces Work on Me if I Have Spaces, an Overbite, or an Underbite?
month braces will work on almost any type of case. I have
personally treated all of the above case types with Six
Month Braces. Other
case types that can be treated with Six
Month Braces include, but are not limited to open bites, deep
bites, anterior crossbites, and cases that need orthodontics
prior to veneer placement.
patient had both crowding and an anterior cross bite. This
case was completed in 6 months. This can do nothing but
improve the self-esteem of this gentleman.
There Any Cases that are Not Recommended for Six
actually few limitations in regards to Six Month Braces. There
are certain cases that I do not recommend be treated with Six
Month Braces. Severe TMJ cases are one example. Although there
is great controversy on the orthodontic/TMJ connection, I
generally do not recommend Six
Month Braces in these cases.
that I have relieved the suffering of patients with both TMJ
and migraine headaches using Six
Month Braces. This just was not the main focus of treatment.
This often occurs in women aged approximately 40 years who
have lingually tilted incisors (incisors tilted back toward
the palate). This usually drives the lower jaw backwards and
can cause both TMJ symptoms and migraine headaches.
situation where I might not recommend Six
Month Braces would be in the case of a patient who is seeking
profile change. Often times these cases are best treated with
surgery anyway. Having said that we will often use Six
Month Braces as a sort of “dental camouflage” of their
underlying skeletal problems.
would be in a case where the patient has large overjet or
extremely flared incisors. In these cases we will give the
patient the option of comprehensive treatment—perhaps with a
surgical component—or camouflage treatment options with Six
Month Braces. In the case of a large overjet we would retract
the flared incisors to greatly reduce the amount of overjet
and to reduce any upper lip flare. By concurrently opening the
bite (most of these cases have deep bites) we often can
minimize a large chin button. On some of these cases the
patient has a small chin and some will consider a chin
implant. The end result of the case is that the overjet is
GREATLY diminished. The lower jaw may still be
posteriorly displaced, but most patients want overbite
reduction completed in these cases and we get very nice
results. In most
cases the patients are very pleased with the results that
camouflage treatment can provide and forego orthagnathic
So as you
can see, although there are some limitations to Six
Month Braces often times we can still use the technique to get
a result that is pleasing both to the patient and the doctor.
This patient had
flared upper incisors and a large overjet. She chose to
perform camouflage treatment to reduce the flare and give her
a great smile. This more complicated case took a bit over 8
Are Six Month Braces More Dangerous Than Regular Braces?
Do They Hurt More?
to both of these questions is a resounding NO!
braces is safe and effective. Six month braces is
actually a low force technique. Many people think we just
“tighten” the braces like crazy to get the teeth moving.
That aggressive treatment would actually slow down
tooth movement by crushing the supporting structures around
the teeth. This would also cause pain to the patient.
wires that exert a light continuous force to move the teeth.
This gently moves the teeth in the most comfortable way
possible to their desired position. I treat a fair number of
relapse cases with Six Month
Braces and many patient have said that Six
Month Braces is a far more comfortable procedure than was
their traditional orthodontic treatment.
I am often
asked if Six Month Braces
cause any damage to the teeth. The question that is usually
asked is: "Do Six Month
Braces because more root resorption than regular braces?"
Again the answer is NO! Root resorption is one of the most
misunderstood aspects of orthodontic treatment and it seems to
have the most myths surrounding it.
I have done
extensive study in this area of orthodontics so please let me
shine some light on the subject.
The number one cause of root resorption is individual
biology. In other words, you are either highly susceptible to
it or you are not. In fact, there are numerous reports of
teeth with root resorption on patients who never had
orthodontic treatment. There
is great debate on the amount force levels and root resorption.
Some researchers say there is a direct relation ship between
high force and root resorption and others have shown little
relationship between the two. There is much more agreement
that there is a direct correlation between root resorption and
To say it
another way, the longer you wear your braces, the more likely
you will have root resorption. So back to the original
questions: Do Six Month
Braces hurt more than regular braces or do they cause more
damage than regular braces? The answer is NO. Six month braces
uses low force over a short period of time. This allows for a
very comfortable treatment with a very low likelihood of root
Six Month Braces
Use Clear Braces to
Straighten my Teeth?
Yes, the Six Month
Braces technique allows the use of not only metal braces, but
clear as well. For those patients who want an “invisible”
way to straighten their teeth, Six Month Braces can use
lingual braces that are placed behind your teeth. This way you
can invisibly straighten your teeth in 6 months and no one
will know you are wearing braces.
This patient is
wearing braces. They are behind her teeth so no one will see
them. Her case will be done in 6 months.
Hasn’t my Dentist Heard of Six
dentist may not have heard of this technique yet, but he (or
she) will in the very near future. I have been getting such
nice results that I feel an obligation to teach the Six Month
Braces technique to my fellow colleagues. I have written a
book that will be released shortly. There will also be other
instructional products including video tapes and I plan on
giving seminars in the very near future so other Doctor’s
can learn the Six Month Braces directly from me. In the mean
time please feel free to visit my website www.sixmonthbraces.com
This will help answer any additional questions you may have
about Six Month Braces.
dramatic life changing result was obtained in this case in
just over 7 months.
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Q: How often are
adjustments with this technique?
appointments are usually once a month some times every 6 to 8
weeks, but usually every month.
Q: Are there
certain types of cases you can't do with Six Month Braces?
A: My treatment does
include correcting open bites, deep bites and cross bites.
Q: Do you use
special types of brackets?
A: I can use pretty
much any bracket with this technique. I do use self ligating
brackets in many instances but it isn't a requirement.
Q: What about
A: I generally prefer
non-extraction treatment, but sometimes extraction can't be
Q: What about
A: Elastics are
sometimes needed as with any orthodontic procedure.
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