Adult orthodontics

Six Month Smiles (Cosmetic Braces System) in Bristol

There are many people in the UK who suffer from crooked or uneven teeth. In many cases this is likely to be due to the refusal to wear traditional dental braces as a child. Whilst these braces were effective, they were far from discreet and it is perhaps no surprise that many children and teenagers especially, refused to wear them.

Others may have worn these braces at the time, thereby correcting the problem, but then lost their retainers, causing their teeth to become crooked again over a period of time.

If you fall into one of these categories or are generally dissatisfied with the unevenness of your teeth, at Beau Monde Dental Care, we may have just the thing for you.

Six Month Smiles

Adult dental braces are now becoming much more common and, not only are they highly effective but they are also discreet, sometimes also referred to as ‘invisible braces’. One of the most popular of these is the Six Month Smile, so called because the average time that it takes for them to work is six months. This amount of time may vary though, and may be less, or more, depending on the severity of the unevenness of the patient’s teeth.

The Six Month Smiles orthodontic system operates in a very similar manner to traditional braces but without the disadvantages. Using a series of brackets and wires, these braces exert a gradual light force on the teeth, slowly correcting their position. Unlike traditional braces though, the Six Month Smiles system uses tooth coloured materials that are also much more refined. These factors mean that, unless you point them out to others, they are likely to remain undetected.

The Six Month Smile also acts fast, and the reason for this is that this system is only used on the visible front teeth in your mouth and not the ones at the rear. The rear teeth, as you would probably imagine, take much longer to move and, unless you are having problems with your bite, there is really no need to move these, at least from an aesthetic point of view.

It should be noted that if you are planning to use this orthodontic system to straighten your teeth for a specific event such as a wedding, you should allow more than six months and book your initial appointment earlier to allow sufficient time for them to work.

These braces are usually used for older teens, typically over the age of 15 and they are not suitable for younger children.

Retainers

As with all orthodontic treatments, it is necessary afterwards, to wear a retainer to prevent the teeth gradually working their way back to their incorrect positions. At our Bristol dental practice, we provide our patients with a bonded retainer that is placed directly behind the teeth, together with a removable retainer.

Confidence

With many people feeling afraid, or at least cautious, of smiling due to their uneven teeth, the Six Month Smiles orthodontic system really does offer a great opportunity to correct this problem and bring some confidence back into a person’s life. No more will you need to think twice about accepting invitations to social events but will be able to attend, fully confident about your appearance.

To make things even better, if the removable retainer is used, we also offer an initial course of free whitening gel to help your newly straightened teeth appear whiter too!

At Beau Monde Dental Care in Bristol, our consultations for Six Month Smiles braces are free.

Anterior Alignment using the Inman Aligner

The Inman Aligner is a simple removable appliance used to align front teeth quickly and safely. It's ideal as a stand alone treatment or to prealign teeth prior to further cosmetic options such as bonding or minimal veneers.
It is a removable option that applies gentle pressure to the front teeth and must be worn for 15-20 hours a day. Most cases are usually complete in 6-16 weeks.

Comprehensive Orthodontic Treatment

Should you not be suitable to have simply the front six teeth straightened with anterior alignment such as the  "Six Month Smile” system or Inman Aligner, Dr Nicola White offers Comprehensive Orthodontic treatment.

Free consultations are available where a full assessment will be made together with photos and moulds of your teeth for study models. A second visit is then arranged to discuss the options available to you with regard to either Ceramic (tooth coloured) fixed braces or Clear Aligners such as Invisalign, to straighten more unevenly positioned teeth including the back teeth.

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