For many people, the word orthodontics calls to mind an adolescent with a mouth full of metallic brackets and wires, but at Green Hills Dental Center, we offer two orthodontic solutions that save patients time and allow them to maintain a professional and attractive appearance throughout treatment: Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. Contact our team or keep reading to find out more about cosmetic orthodontics for patients from Green Hills, Belle Meade, and beyond.
Invisalign is completely different than traditional bracket and wire orthodontic systems. This clear braces option uses a series of alignment trays to apply consistent pressure to teeth gradually shifting them into their ideal alignment. As materials and techniques have improved, Invisalign is able to effectively correct advanced alignment concerns like overbite, underbite, and crossbite. Treatment is simple. Patients wear a set of aligners for about two weeks, and exchange them for the next set in the series. With a few progress checkups, patients complete treatment within a year.
Six Month Smiles looks similar to traditional orthodontics with two main differences. The first is the material used to create the brackets and wires. Rather than noticeable metals, Six Month Smiles are crafted using tooth-colored or clear materials making them subtle and typically overlooked by the casual observer. The key to saving time with Six Month Smiles is the focus on only those teeth that show when patients smile. Sometimes referred to as the “social six,” the front facing teeth are more comfortably and quickly aligned allowing patients to complete Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment in 3 to 8 months.