Do you cover your mouth when you grin? Do you actively avoid photographs due to concerns over how your teeth will look?
You aren’t alone. Indeed, up to 80% of all adults in the UK are unhappy with their smiles, but worry that any kind of orthodontic treatment will be costly, lengthy, and most worryingly, painful.
Similarly, the British Dental Journal has estimated that as many as 75% of all adults in the UK would benefit from orthodontic work, yet people are not eager to queue up for this treatment, worrying that the outcome will be a mouth full of metal.
Luckily, adult orthodontics has advanced in recent years, meaning that there is now a myriad of options available for you to get that straighter smile that you have always wanted, without wearing traditional, metal aligners.
In this article, one of the most popular cosmetic aligners, the Six Month Smiles, will be explored, offering you a quick and simple guide to these types of braces in Northern Ireland.
What are Six Month Smiles?
Known as a fitted, clear aligner, Six Month Smiles are braces around Northern Ireland that will straighten your teeth in, well, six months! Purely a cosmetic option, these braces from Northern Ireland do not straighten every tooth in your mouth, but focus on correcting the alignment of your front teeth, allowing you to smile with supreme confidence. As the treatment is targeted at enhancing the cosmetic appeal of your smile, the duration that you will wear the aligner for is shortened significantly. Brilliant!
How do they work?
Using a thin wire and either tooth-coloured or clear brackets, this aligner will move your misaligned teeth into their desired position. Using a similar technique to traditional aligners, this will involve tightening the aligner every few weeks by your dentist, which may cause a feeling of slight pressure, but should not be uncomfortable. If you notice any discomfort, contact your dentist for a check-up, as there may be an issue with the fitting.
Once completed, you will be required to wear a retainer to ensure that your teeth do not relapse into their previous positions.
Remember, that while this aligner boasts being able to straighten teeth in six months, your individual case may need less time, or slightly more, depending on the severity of your misalignment.
Are there alternatives?
Six Month Smiles are not the correct treatment for everyone and so, if your dentist tells you that you aren’t suitable, don’t despair. It is a purely cosmetic brace and if your teeth require a bit more work, you will not benefit from wearing it.
Other options in adult orthodontics, such as the Inman aligner, the Damon brace, or even Invisalign are widely available at most dental surgeries. All of these options can straighten more advanced cases of misalignment and can offer you a better long term result. Like the Six Month Smiles, all of these aligners are discreet and can provide you with an accelerated treatment time; Invisalign is even removable!