What to expect before, during, and after Six Month Smiles treatment
Patients who visit David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry to learn about orthodontic treatments may be introduced to two common offerings, Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Invisalign uses clear aligner trays to realign the teeth in the smile, while Six Month Smiles focuses on the use of tooth-colored wires and brackets. This option is most like traditional braces but is more discreet and faster.
Patients who decide to choose Six Month Smiles will want to ask Dr. David Spilkia and his dental team about what they can expect before, during, and after their treatment. Here is a brief explanation of the Six Month Smiles process:
Patients must first work with a quality dentist to find out if they are an appropriate candidate for Six Month Smiles. The treatment is strictly cosmetic and only works on realigning the anterior teeth, not the teeth near the back of the mouth. Patients with bite problems or misalignment in the back of their mouth may not be suitable for Six Month Smiles. Once patients have decided this procedure is right for them, they may undergo x-rays and schedule their first appointment for the application of the brackets and wires.
The brackets and wires are placed on the teeth, and patients learn about how to care for their braces during their treatment. Patients may need to use special flossing techniques to work around the wires and brackets and are educated on how to protect their braces from damage that can affect their treatment.
Most patients will experience a more beautiful smile anywhere from three to nine months, with the average being six. Patients will have the brackets and wires removed from their teeth and may want to discuss the possibility of using a retainer for several months afterwards to maintain the results.
If you are located in the Philadelphia area and believe Six Month Smiles might be right for you, contact the team of David Spilkia Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today to book a consultation appointment.
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