Invisalign and Six Month Smiles have gotten a great deal of attention recently. Why? Because they can straighten your teeth and improve your smile within a relatively short period of time. They are the ‘secret braces’ that can transform your smile. Are your teeth crowded and difficult to floss? Are there big spaces that you would like to close? Do you cover your mouth when you smile? We call these ‘secret braces’ because they are almost invisible. Invisalign is very close to invisible and Six Month Smiles is more apparent but not as obvious as the traditional metal braces. We like to say that we treat children idealistically and adults realistically. Both Six Month Smiles and Invisalign are for late teens and adults that have issues with their smile that can be transformed by tooth movement without having to go through full orthodontic treatment. You would be astounded at the degree of change that can be accomplished by these two modern, state-of-the-art techniques.
Very often we have a new patient come to our office and say that he or she wants veneers. Very often the smile can be completely enhanced without crowns and veneers, simply by straightening the teeth. There is nothing wrong with having crowns and veneers, but isn’t it better if we can just improve the smile by moving the teeth into an optimal position?
So how long do these great techniques take? The average Invisalign case takes ten months, with a range of six months to two years. The average Six Month Smiles takes, well, six months!
How do these techniques work? Invisalign has clear aligners, similar to retainers, that are changed every two weeks. Each aligner will move the teeth approximately 0.25mm during those two weeks. Six Month Smiles is a light wire techniques in which clear (nearly invisible) brackets are placed on the teeth and a wire is attached to the brackets. Six Month Smiles is generally a more rapid technique with faster results attained.
What is the cost? Approximately $5,000 for Invisalign and $4,000 for Six Month Smiles.
If this is something that you may be interested in, call our office today. Find out what ‘secret braces’ can do for you.
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