Six Month Smiles®: What is it?

Posted on: August 10, 2019

Six Month Smiles provide an alternative way to straighten teeth for people who do not want to wear traditional braces or clear aligners. They have become popular in recent years because they get the job done in six months, which is significantly quicker than the 12 to 24 months most people have to wear braces and aligners for.

Straighten your teeth quickly with Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles are similar to braces because they use bracket and wires to straighten the upper and lower teeth, just like traditional braces. Unlike traditional braces, which have to be worn for an extended period of time to complete treatment, Six Month Smiles get the job done in six months. The braces are used to treat a variety of orthodontic problems using clear brackets and tooth-colored wires, which provide the patient with some discretion while receiving treatment.

What type of problems can Six Month Smiles fix?

The problems that Six Month Smiles can fix include:

  • Overbites and open bites
  • Crowding
  • Spacing
  • Reverse smile lines

What are the steps involved in the treatment process?

During the first visit, the dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of the patient’s teeth and gums to determine if they are an ideal candidate for the treatment. The examination also involves taking X-rays, photographs and impressions of the teeth.

If the dentist determines that the patient is an ideal candidate for the treatment, the models made from the impression of the teeth will be used to calculate the tooth movement necessary to achieve the desired results.

During the second visit, the patient will be fitted with clear brackets and tooth-colored archwires. The dentist will then bond the brackets to the surface of the teeth, using a custom tray to ensure the brackets are set in the precise location. Once the dentist is satisfied with the positioning of the brackets, they will remove the tray and hold the brackets into place using a high-intensity light to harden the adhesive used to bond the brackets to the surface of the teeth.

After the Six Month Smiles braces are in place, the patient will have to make a trip to the dentist every four to five weeks to get the braces adjusted and tightened until treatment is complete.

Does treatment really take only six months?

Yes, most treatments are usually completed in six months. Some take less than six months, and in some cases, treatment can take up to nine months.

Taking care of your Six Month Smiles braces

Like traditional braces, Six Month Smile braces cannot be removed, which means the patient has to avoid eating certain foods to avoid damaging the braces. Patients are also advised to clean the braces with interdental brushes because they can reach the parts of the teeth that regular toothbrushes cannot.


Six Month Smiles braces provide a way to straighten the teeth in only six months, improving the appearance of your teeth quickly. If you want to straighten your teeth but do not want to use traditional braces, ask your dentist if Six Month Braces will work for you.

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