Dr. Bruce Matthews, DDS

What Makes Six Month Smiles Different from Regular Metal Braces?

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If you are in the market for a straighter, more beautiful smile, you have multiple orthodontic treatment options available to you. Dr. Matthews and his team offer several choices to cosmetically improve your smile right here in our Wilmington, DE office — without the need to treat separately with an outside orthodontist.

One treatment option we offer our patients is the Six Month Smiles Program. Six Month Smiles differs from traditional metal braces in several ways:

Length of Treatment: As the name implies, Six Month Smiles provides patients with a straighter smile in an average of six months. The length of treatment for Six Month Smiles wearers typically falls within the four to nine-month range

Treatment Availability: The Six Month Smiles treatment program is not limited to orthodontists alone — many general and cosmetic dentists, including our skilled Wilmington team, are able to treat patients using Six Months Smiles. This wider range of availability is one of the main reasons, so many patients are choosing to utilize Six Month Smiles

Appearance: Similar to Invisalign, Six Month Smiles uses clear and tooth-colored materials as opposed to metal wires. The subtle appearance of Six Month Smiles allows you to receive orthodontic treatment and achieve a straighter smile while maintaining a lower profile 

Intensity of Treatment: Patients who have severe functional or occlusal problems or who are wishing to correct complicated cosmetic issues will likely not be good candidates for Six Month Smiles. The Six Month Smiles program is designed to treat patients looking for basic, straightforward smile correction and is not meant to replace the traditional, comprehensive orthodontic treatment required for some cases 

Age of Patients: While traditional metal braces can be found on patients as young as late elementary-school age, Six Month Smiles is specifically designed for patients aged young adult or older. Six Month Smiles is only appropriate for jaws that are done growing — a process that usually occurs around age 16 or 17

Interested in learning more about how Six Month Smiles can help you in Wilmington, DE? Call us today!