Sullivan Dental Partners
Sullivan Dental Partners
Richard Sullivan
DDS, FICOI, FIALD
Richard Sullivan
DDS

What's the Difference between Clear Aligner Orthodontics and Six Month Smiles?

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Are you interested in having your teeth straightened but are overwhelmed by the sheer number of treatment systems available?

Dental professionals are always looking for ways to update treatments to provide you with the most advanced care available. New techniques, advanced materials, and state-of-the-art technology all provide us with ways to improve upon standard dental treatments like orthodontics.

Choosing the Right Treatment for You

Two types of orthodontic treatment have gained a lot of popularity recently – Six Month Smiles and clear aligners. You have probably heard of both but aren’t sure what the difference is and which is right for you.

Of course, choosing an orthodontic treatment is a decision that needs to be made between you and your dentist. But if you would like to know what the difference is between Six Month Smiles and clear aligners in Brentwood, TN, here are the facts.

Six Month Smiles

This system is a new twist on traditional orthodontics because brackets and wires are still used, but treatment can be completed in as little as six months. That is because the goal of Six Month Smiles is only to move the teeth that show when you smile for esthetic purposes. People choose Six Month Smiles because it not only work quickly, but the clear brackets and tooth-colored wires blend well with your smile.

Clear Aligners

This approach involves using clear plastic aligners to gently nudge your teeth into a more pleasing, esthetic position. Your dentist starts by evaluating your needs and determining if this is the best treatment for you.

Next, the course of your treatment is planned by your dentist who uses a software program to predict exactly how your teeth will be moved. This information is sent to a lab where several series of aligners are created just for you. You will wear each set for about two weeks for at least 22 hours per day. In approximately 12 to 15 months, you can expect to see a straighter, more balanced smile.

Please Call to Arrange a Consultation

There’s a lot more information about these two systems than we can easily share here, so we encourage you to call Sullivan Dental Partners to arrange a consultation. At that time, one of our doctors will be happy to sit down with you to answer your questions and explain everything you need to know!