Orthodontics is an extremely common treatment option used to straighten, move or realign a person’s teeth. It is a great solution for anyone wanting to improve the appearance of their smile using minimally invasive techniques.
In the past, orthodontic treatment was commonly associated with younger patients. However, due to advancements in the dental industry, more and more adults are turning to the treatment as a solution to fixing misaligned teeth.
Here at Revitalise Dental Centre, we can transform your smile within 6 months with our bespoke teeth straightening treatment. We are an official provider of Six Month Smiles® which allows us to carry out short term orthodontic treatment using state of the art technology and methods.
Unlike traditional orthodontic treatment which aims to alter the person’s back teeth alignment, short term orthodontics (STO) aims to straighten the front teeth. To fix a patient’s cosmetic complaint.
Short-term orthodontic treatment:
- Will give you a beautiful, straight smile in only six months
- Use clear, discreet braces. No need for embarrassing metal teeth
- Will ensure a healthy amount of enamel is preserved to keep the teeth healthy
In your consultation your personal Revitalise Dental Practitioner will talk to you about:
- Treatment stages for short-term orthodontic treatment
- How the treatment can be achieved in only six months
- Patient finance and cost options
- Any concerns or worries you have about the treatment
- After Care
What is Six Month Smiles® orthodontic treatment?
Developed in the USA, “Six Month Smiles® is a present-day form of orthodontic treatment with a contemporary twist. Using similar techniques found in traditional orthodontic treatment, STO greatly reduces the treatment length and removes the need for wearing a metal fixed braces for 2-3 years, often referred to as ‘train tracks’.
Many people, particularly adults, are put off by the idea of wearing a conventional metal brace or aligner. Our bespoke short term orthodontic treatment offers a discreet and cosmetic brace system which makes use of tooth-coloured wires and clear brackets.
Why does Six Month Smiles® work faster than traditional orthodontics?
It might be hard to believe that a treatment that usually takes two to three years can be reduced so significantly. The reason these braces work so fast is that the aim is to straighten the front teeth, the ones visible when you smile and talk. As opposed to correcting problems with the bite of the teeth.
Traditional orthodontics can be split into two phases, using Six Month Smiles® we essentially only focus on the first one. The first phase is to de-rotate, level and align the teeth that might be out of position. The second phase deals with specific tooth relationships, particularly the back ones, adjusting them to ensure they match up with current standards of orthodontics.
Although the length of treatment is greatly reduced compared to orthodontic treatment, STO still uses a similar process. Braces are used to gently push and move the teeth, helping them become more aligned to their natural position.
What to expect throughout your orthodontic treatment
After your consultation and you have decided you would like to proceed with treatment, we will book you in for an appointment with our highly experienced orthodontic dental team. From here we will take a digital 3D scan of your teeth along with photos displaying the current situation of your teeth. These will then be sent to the orthodontic team at Six Month Smiles, whom we will work closely with to create your bespoke plan.
Once your treatment plan has been finalised, we will meet with you again to answer any further questions or concerns you may have. We will also look at an animation created by the team at Six Month Smiles which shows how your teeth will move throughout your treatment.
Once we have placed your bespoke brace, over the next 6 months your teeth will gently be pushed into their correct position. Correcting crowded, spaced and overlapping teeth, as well as ones that are misaligned.
Just like you would with traditional orthodontic treatment, you will come in every four weeks to have your brace adjusted. After around 6 months when your brace is ready to be removed, you will be required to wear a retainer for a short time. This is to maintain the new, straight position of your teeth.
Short term orthodontic treatment for those with crowded teeth
You might have been told in the past that your teeth are too crowded for orthodontic treatment. If this is the case it is possible to file the teeth down to provide them with more space, whilst reducing the pressure caused by the overlapping.
Although we prefer to avoid filing the teeth down, it is a perfectly safe procedure which will not affect the overall health or function of the teeth. The process we use is known as interproximal reduction and consists of removing a very thin layer of the enamel, the outer surface of the tooth. This is achieved by passing a coarse strip through the teeth, allowing them to move.
Revitalise want all of our customers and visitors to feel as comfortable and welcome as possible. That’s why we offer a consultation, giving you the chance to meet our team, enjoy our beautiful facilities and explore your treatment options. This also allows you to discuss any concerns and ask any questions you may have about the treatment.
Full Dental Check
Your health and safety is a top priority, that’s why before we begin any treatment you will require a full dental health check. For orthodontic treatment to be successful your teeth and gums must be healthy. We will ask how your general health is, examine your teeth, gums and mouth, and carry out any x-rays if necessary.
Finance And Cost Options
Dental treatment can be expensive in the short term but in the long run, the benefits outweigh the cost. And at Revitalise we believe everyone should have a smile they are confident showing off. That’s why we offer a range of patient finance options to help spread the cost of your orthodontic treatment. A member of our team will be more than happy to discuss your options further at your consultation.
What are the benefits of short term orthodontics?
Besides having a smile that you’re happy and confident with, there are multiple reasons why you might choose short term orthodontics over another dental treatment option.
Improved oral hygiene – Crooked and crowded teeth are harder to clean, increasing the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. This is because its harder to brush and floss gaps that shouldn’t be there. Straight teeth are much easier to clean, reducing oral health complications later in life.
Fast – Tooth misalignments can be corrected within six months, sometimes less. What would have originally taking multiple years to achieve is done in less than half the time with short term orthodontics.
Affordable – We have a range of payment plans available to best suit your lifestyle and needs. We aim to give you the beautiful smile you deserve.