Six-month braces are a short-term orthodontic process that allows a patient to get the beautiful, straight smile they deserve without wearing traditional braces for 2-3 years. For many adult patients, this is the ideal solution to the crooked teeth, spaces or gaps that they will be embarrassed about for years!
Unlike with traditional braces, the focus of six-month braces is not to fix the bite but is instead to improve the aesthetics of the front teeth. The focus is only on straightening the teeth that show when you smile. This is achieved using a combination of brackets and wires to move the teeth, similar to traditional orthodontics. The brackets and wires are tooth colored (white) and are barely visible.
Six-month braces move the teeth at the same rate as traditional orthodontics. The teeth are not being moved faster! The difference between six-month braces and traditional orthodontics is that the focus is not on the full mouth. Instead, six-month braces focus entirely upon straightening the teeth that show when you smile. When choosing six-month braces, the goal is not to perfect the bite in your back teeth, so treatment stops once the front teeth are beautifully positioned.
Because the focus is not on changing the bite, six-month braces can be finished much more quickly than traditional orthodontics. Most six-month braces will take about six months to complete. Some may take less, some may take more. However, a majority of cases take an average of six months.
Six-month braces are an easy choice to make when faced with traditional orthodontics. If the teeth that show in your smile are not straight, or if you have gaps or spaces you would like fixed, six-month braces may be the perfect solution for you!
Dr. Robert Mokbel, Fountain Valley, CA, servicing patients in Southern California since 1983. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our office and encourage you to schedule your appointment today!