How are Six Month Smiles braces advantageous for Fremont residents?
Teenagers and adults who struggle with misaligned smiles may not be aware of the ways this can affect their dental health. While straightening is often considered a cosmetic concern, it is also an oral health issue.
Dr. Lokhandwala of StarBrite Dental in the Fremont community educates her patients on the benefits of a straighter smile. Not only are straight teeth more beautiful, they also reduce risk of periodontal disease. Teeth that are overcrowded, crooked, or turned have more crevices that trap food particles, and allow plaque and tartar to form. Brushing and flossing is more difficult, and patients who are unable to keep these teeth clean and free from bacteria may suffer periodontal disease or decay.
Dr. Lokhandwala explains this matter to patients who are good candidates for orthodontic treatment. Those who need minor adjustment to the anterior (front portion) of their smiles may benefit from a process called Six Month Smiles. Six Month Smiles is a form of orthodontic treatment, but is slightly different than traditional braces.
Instead of the metal brackets and wires used to straighten teeth with conventional braces, Six Month Smiles uses white brackets and wires that blend in with the smile. They are much less noticeable so patients don’t feel self-conscious while undergoing orthodontic treatment at StarBrite Dental.
The Six Month Smiles system is specifically designed to address teeth near the front of the mouth. While traditional braces can improve significant malocclusion and realign the bite, Six Month Smiles targets the teeth that are visible when a patient smiles and laughs.
Conventional braces can take months, even years, to realign a smile. Six Month Smiles methodology allows patients to see the final results within a year, depending upon the severity of misalignment. Many are happy to see overbites and gaps addressed in a short amount of time with minimal discomfort.
Six Month Smiles is a faster alternative to other orthodontic treatments offered by Dr. Lokhandwala, such as Invisalign. However, Invisalign can be used to improve bite alignment and to move more teeth within the dental arch. So it may be a viable consideration for patients who require more significant orthodontic assistance.