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Six Month Smiles, an orthodontic treatment, can help move your teeth into the proper position in less time than traditional braces.

Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to help move a patient’s teeth into their proper position. While traditional braces may take years to achieve proper placement, Six Month Smiles, on average, takes only six months of treatment.

If you are interested in Six Month Smiles or your dentist offers this treatment, here is what the average procedure looks like.

six month smiles procedure

Step 1: Impressions of Teeth
To begin, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be sent to a lab where the brackets will be created to accurately fit your teeth and move them into the proper position.

Step 2: Placing the Brackets
When your dentist receives the brackets, you will go back to be fitted. The brackets are placed on your teeth using a tray that puts the brackets exactly where they need to be. The brackets contain an adhesive that will bond them to your teeth. You will also receive arch wires that are similar in color to your teeth.

Step 3: Follow-Up Appointments
You will then schedule regular dental visits, about every 5-6 weeks, so your dentist can adjust the wires and ensure your teeth are moving into the proper position.

Your treatment will vary based on your specific needs, but, as you can probably determine by the name, the average length of treatment lasts about 6 months. Be sure to discuss proper dental hygiene with your dentist to keep your mouth healthy and the brackets in good shape during this treatment.

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