About Six Month Smiles
The most effective way to straighten and re-position the teeth is with traditional orthodontic braces, but metal braces are not considered comfortable or attractive. At White Lotus Dental in McKinney, TX, family and cosmetic dentist Dr. Karuna Peravali offers Six Month Smiles, a short term orthodontic treatment, as a better alternative to traditional metal braces for those who only want or need their front teeth straightened. Using clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, the Six Month Smiles System is barely visible in the patient's mouth as it straightens the front teeth in only 6 months. The low force of Six Month Smiles makes the treatment more comfortable and hygienic than metal braces, plus it is typically less expensive than other teeth straightening options, including traditional braces, teeth aligners, and veneers. This therapy works for patients 16 years of age and older.
What to Expect
There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. The length of treatment will depend on the complexity of the case, but the younger the patient is, the less time it usually takes and the patient will often avoid other oral problems. The Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment uses tiny, clear brackets that are attached to each tooth that are then threaded with tooth-colored wires that gently, but consistently push the teeth into their proper position. The use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result. Faster doesn't mean more discomfort as some might suppose. Six Month Smiles works with low forces and short overall orthodontic treatment times to increase comfort, safety, and hygiene. Patients should return to have their orthodontics and teeth checked every month by their dentist until they are ready to be removed. While wearing braces, patients may find it more difficult to brush and floss their teeth, but it is important to follow a good home care routine and keep the teeth healthy and strong during orthodontic treatment.
After orthodontics are removed, patient will generally be given a retainer to wear that will prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position. A retainer can be attached to the back to the teeth or made as a removable mouth piece depending on the patient's lifestyle and needs. Patients should continue a good home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, and visit their dentist for professional cleanings and dental exams.
Dental insurance usually covers some of the cost of orthodontic braces, but this varies based on the type of treatment and the patient's coverage. Our office will coordinate with you insurance company to determine your benefits and out-of-pocket costs. We accept several forms of payment and offer financing plans for our patients to make orthodontic braces affordable.
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A Healthy, Aligned Smile
A beautiful, healthy smile starts with well-aligned teeth that ensure your teeth, jaws, and lips can work properly. No matter your age, talk to your dentist about your orthodontic options, including Six Month Smiles short term orthodontic treatment, and discover small concerns that may grow into bigger problems, like gum disease, headaches, jaw pain, tooth decay, and more without treatment. Thanks to all the recent advances and choices in orthodontics, your dentist can help you get your best smile.