At one time, braces were considered a treatment for kids and teens only. If teeth were not straightened in the early years, few people were willing to endure orthodontics in adulthood. There were two reasons. Number one is, of course, embarrassment. Who could confidently walk into a business meeting and flash a tin grin at the new VIP client? The second reason is time. Older teeth, rooted in a fully developed jaw, move more slowly, so corrective therapy for adults typically required about two years. Today, all of that has changed.
Adult orthodontics is one of the fastest growing trends in dentistry, thanks to newer, better options. STO (short-term orthodontic) technology is the result of extensive clinical research and development. By studying how teeth move in different situations, specialized treatments were developed. What slows treatment in adults is bite correction. However, most adults are seeking cosmetic straightening, which can actually be accomplished very quickly.
Six Month Smiles, available from Dr. Clint Bruyere of Longview, is an innovative STO system, which is designed specifically for adults. It does not correct bite alignment, or guide jaw development. Therefore, it is not appropriate for adolescents. What this system does is move the visible (front) teeth – and very quickly. The exact length of time will vary depending on the severity of misalignment, and your goals. Some patients complete treatment in as little as four months, and some take up to nine months. However, as the name implies, the average time is just six months.
Unlike some STO systems, Six Month Smiles is also esthetic. Transparent brackets and tooth colored memory wire replaces the traditional shiny silver. Many people will never even notice them. You will be able to smile with confidence, and laugh out loud without worrying about who is looking at your braces. Best of all, in just a few months you will be showing of your new, straight, smile!
Have you been looking for a fast, discreet, effective way to straighten your teeth? Call (903) 708-6116 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruyere to find out if the Six Month Smile system is right for you.