The usual time it takes for patients to wear braces is between 1.5 to 2 years. For teenagers, especially during the early years, two years can seem to be a long time. It may make them feel uncomfortable or awkward among their friends.
If a dentist informs you that you had the option of reducing your treatment duration by six months, will you choose it? "Six-month braces" have been gaining lots of popularity in recent years, and numerous people are choosing the same.
What Are Six Month Braces?
As the name suggests, these braces are a form of treatment for orthodontics that is claimed to take, on average, six months to complete. It's a cosmetic option to correct the "social six" (the visible front teeth) to create a more attractive smile.
Who Is a Candidate?
Six-month braces can be used for almost all problems that can be treated using an orthodontic appliance. For example:
- Deep bites
- Open bites
- Adjustments for veneers placements or cosmetic bonding
Benefits of Six Months Braces
Six-month braces provide quick results in straightening teeth and dealing with cosmetic issues, giving you a perfect smile within just six months.
The procedure is cost-effective since it requires fewer appointments to the dentist and is completed in less time when compared to traditional braces treatments.
Six-month braces focus exclusively on teeth that are visible when you smile. So the braces and wires are only placed at the top of your teeth and make the procedure more comfortable than traditional orthodontics. Furthermore, the material employed in the treatment is soft and delicate, reducing friction and tension.
The six-month braces are used for a short time, allowing you to resume your regular brushing routine in no time.
Six-month braces use tooth-colored wires and clear braces that blend into your smile.
How Do Six-Month Braces Work?
You may think that making braces function in just six months rather than two years will require an acceleration or ad hoc tightening of archwires to help straighten teeth faster. But this isn't how six months braces work.
There is no new or advanced technology involved. Similar processes and equipment are used as part of a standard orthodontic procedure, and the same results are achieved in the same amount of time. There's nothing unique or special about the six-month braces compared to traditional braces, and the treatment is carried out using conventional orthodontic devices (metal or ceramic braces).
The most significant difference between the two treatments is that the time remaining during the treatment of 12-24 months is employed to treat malocclusion or a bad bite. So the six-month treatment skips.