Cosmetic teeth straightening focuses on moving the teeth visible in your smile line, usually your front 6 to 8 teeth.
As the name suggests, this treatment is a cosmetic treatment rather than orthodontic treatment. It won't correct any problems you have with the jaw alignment or bite. We will invite you in for a consultation to establish your individual needs, and recommend the best options for a straightening solution for you.
As these treatments focus on fewer teeth, results can be achieved quicker than full orthodontic treatment, in as little as 6 months.
At Lyme Bay Dental & Implant Clinic we offer the following Cosmetic Teeth Straightening options:
6 Month Smiles (also known as 6 month braces) is the latest in cosmetic teeth-straightening technology from America.
6 Month Smiles makes use of brand new technology which allows clear braces to gently straighten your teeth in an average time of just 6 months. The technology works by only focusing on the teeth which are visible when you smile (for extremely effective results). The braces do not attempt to make significant structural changes, such as changes to your bite, but instead they focus on non-evasively and comfortably straightening the teeth which are on show in order to give you the attractive, pleasant smile that you’ve always wanted.
It is widely agreed in the orthodontic community that braces are the safest and most effective way of straightening teeth to give patients a beautiful smile. 6 month smiles makes use of the best features of braces, and exploits them to give the best results in a shorter time frame. By using a process that focuses on just the core objectives of the treatment, 6 Month Smiles can achieve great visual results without having to restructure your whole bite.
The special nickel titanium wires are the key component. They focus on just moving the specific teeth which are visible when you smile, so the whole process takes a lot less time than if the whole mouth were to be treated.
Whilst braces are designed to help your smile look better in the long run, they are not known for being the most fashionable accessory in the short term. But 6 Month Smiles is no ordinary set of braces. The special nickel titanium wires are tooth-coloured, so that they blend seamlessly into your smile. So unlike the traditional image of unsightly metal braces, 6 Month Smiles are virtually invisible.
These braces do not exert huge forces on your teeth, and you only have to wear them for 6 months so the overall experience is much more comfortable than having normal braces. People often believe that because this is an accelerated treatment, the braces will have to be tightened much more often in order to achieve the same results as regular braces.
This is not true in the slightest. The focus of 6 Month Smiles is not to completely reposition the bite, but just to improve the cosmetic appearance of teeth. The process, therefore, does not need to be as vigorous.
What can be treated?
Orthodontic treatments have evolved enormously over the last 20 years. Now problems such as gaps between the teeth, crowded teeth, overbite (upper teeth covering the majority of the lower ones), open bite (upper and lower teeth almost don’t touch) and cross bites can all be treated.
Who can benefit from orthodontic treatment?
At Portman, we have treated thousands of patients, aged from eight to 88 years old. There is never a point in life where we cannot move healthy crooked teeth into their ideal positions.
What other benefits does teeth straightening offer?
Orthodontic treatment improves chewing efficiency by re-establishing the correct relationship between lower and upper teeth, removing the difficulty you may have when chewing certain kinds of food, and so providing better nutrition.
In some cases, orthodontics can also prevent complications in the temporomandibular joint (the joint which joins the jaw to the skull). Chronic pain in the head, face, neck or ears, as well as dizziness, nausea and restricted ability to open and close the mouth can originate here.
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