Your guide to orthodontics

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of dental issues such as crooked, crowded and protruding teeth, as well as poor jaw alignment. The aim of orthodontics is to provide a healthy, functional bite. It aims to create greater resistance to disease and improve the appearance of your smile. This, in turn can contribute to improved mental and physical well-being. Smilecraft in Stevenage is one dental practice where you can receive effective orthodontic treatment.

Six Month Smiles could help you

Six Month Smiles are a fixed cosmetic orthodontic brace. As the name suggests, they can straighten your teeth in as little as just six months. Increasingly, adults are looking to straighten their teeth but they want to keep their braces secret. Six month Smiles are one of the most discreet options when it comes to fixed braces, but there are many other advantages too.

How do they work?

Six Month Smiles use modern methods to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key element of the treatment is the use of tooth-coloured fixed braces, which are specifically designed to blend in with your teeth. They focus on moving only the teeth that show when you smile, known as the ‘social six’.

Are they suitable for everyone?

The simple answer is yes. If you are aged over 16, your adult teeth have fully erupted and you have simple to moderate overcrowding, crooked or gappy teeth, then you will most probably be suitable for Six Month Smiles.

Will my teeth actually be straight in just six months?

Six Month Smiles are an accelerated fixed orthodontic brace, which have been proven to work on straightening between 2 and 8 teeth in an average time of just 6 months. Some teeth, such as the small lower front teeth will take less time to move. Other teeth, such as the canines may take slightly longer. Your dentist will be able to give you a more accurate estimate of how long your treatment will take. Once your treatment is complete, you will probably need to wear a retainer for a while to ensure that your teeth stay in their new straightened positions.