Traditional braces bring to mind metal brackets and wires, discomfort, and embarrassment for many patients. The idea of straightening teeth is a common consideration for teenagers and adults with misalignment. However, having metal covering the smile for months—even years—can be a turnoff for many. It can have a negative effect on one’s personal and business life, and can be a source of lowered self-esteem and confidence.
Instead, many patients are happy to learn about methods of realignment such as Six Month Smiles braces. The brackets and wires of this orthodontic treatment are white, allowing them to blend with patient’s teeth. They are much less noticeable than traditional metal bracket and wire braces, and are more accepted by both teenagers and adults.
Six Month Smiles is used strictly for cosmetic alignment of the teeth near the front of the smile. They are not used to realign bites or handle severe misalignments. A proper candidate for Six Month Smiles braces for Owensboro patients is one who has slight anterior misalignment he or she wants to improve quickly and efficiently.
The process of receiving Six Month Smiles braces involves an initial consultation appointment. During this visit, patients discuss their dental concerns with Drs. Thompson and Frey to determine if they are a candidate for treatment. Impressions and x-rays are taken, and then sent to an outside laboratory for the custom template creation. When this returns, typically within a week or two, the template is used to place the braces onto the teeth. Patients are required to visit approximately once a month for an examination to track the progress and monitor the results throughout the treatment. The braces are removed when the patient is happy with the results.
The dental team at Thompson and Frey Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Owensboro is proud to offer both Six Month Smile braces and Invisalign; giving patients a selection of treatments meets their specific needs and desires. We listen to our patients to provide quality, comprehensive dental care, and are committed to ensuring patients of all ages have a say in improving their smiles for both appearance and self-confidence.