Orthodontic treatment can transform your smile by simply aligning the teeth or a beautiful, straight smile. There are a variety of orthodontic treatments available to patients, and at St Helier Dental Surgery, we offer two fantastic teeth alignment treatments in South London.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment but are unsure of which treatment is best for you, keep reading!
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles is an orthodontic solution that aligns teeth quickly and discreetly and addresses crooked, misaligned or overly spaced teeth as well as an overbite.
As you may have guessed, the treatment does provide fantastic alignment results in six months, on average. However, this may differ and be less or more than six months as the treatment varies from person to person.
Six Month Smiles uses customised clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires to straighten the teeth, offering a less noticeable alternative to fixed metal braces.
Benefits of Six Month Smiles
Quick & Affordable
Six Month Smiles is a treatment that straightens teeth at a faster rate compared to standard braces, making it a fantastic option for an upcoming wedding or celebration. Not only does this mean you get to see results sooner, but also means fewer dental visits which could lead to reductions in cost.
Clear brackets and tooth-coloured wires are used to straighten the teeth, reducing the visibility of your orthodontic treatment – which is fantastic for those of us who would prefer our treatment to be subtle.
Unlike other treatments, it only focuses on aligning the front six to eight teeth that are visible when you smile, meaning that less visible teeth at the back will not be aligned.
What to Expect from Six Month Smiles Treatment
The treatment for Six Month Smiles starts with a free consultation, followed by a customised treatment plan when impressions are taken of your teeth. The brackets are attached to your teeth with special dental cement to create a secure bond.
Throughout your treatment, adjustments will need to be made every 5-6 weeks. When the Six Month Smiles treatment is over, you’ll need to wear a retainer to keep your teeth in place.
Invisalign is a revolutionary tooth straightening treatment that is favoured by many adults worldwide, with treatment times varying between 6 and 12 months (on average).
The treatment consists of a series of clear, customised aligners with no fixed brackets or wires, meaning that the aligners can be taken out for cleaning, brushing and eating. Throughout the treatment, a series of aligners are worn to gradually move crooked, crowded or gappy teeth into position.
Benefits of Invisalign
There are many great benefits that come with Invisalign treatment, with the main benefits including:
Made using cutting-edge technology, Invisalign aligners promise an accurate and snug fit that makes the treatment as comfortable as possible.
The ability to temporarily remove the retainer throughout the day makes it possible to resume normal activities – as long as you remember to put your retainer back in.
Unlike other types of treatment, such as traditional ‘train track’ braces, Invisalign makes it possible to continue the same eating habits without the risk of damaging your aligners.
When worn, Invisalign aligners are discreet and difficult to spot by friends and family – which is usually the best benefit for patients that would rather undertake orthodontic treatment in secret.
Invisalign is an innovative treatment using 3D technology with no messy moulds or unnecessary paperwork. Digital impressions are taken of your teeth to show you the step-by-step journey as your teeth reach a straighter position.
What to Expect from Invisalign Treatment
If you decide that Invisalign might be right for you, we’ll see you for your free consultation to discuss treatment plans, including the estimated duration of treatment. We’ll also need to make sure that your oral health is in top condition as the healthier your smile, the better it will respond to the straightening treatment.
Impressions and photos are taken of your teeth and 3D technology creates a personalised plan which shows how your teeth will move and look following treatment. When the unique aligners have been produced in a laboratory, you wear a different one every two weeks until the desired result is achieved.
Six Month Smiles VS Invisalign
If you think Six Month Smiles and Invisalign are ideal for you but can’t decide between the two orthodontic treatments, don’t panic! We’ve compared both options to make it easier for you to decide.
While Invisalign is worn for around 12 months, Six Month Smiles takes around six months (on average) although this is only an estimate. Some cases are complete in just four months, while others take a little longer.
The brackets and wires used in Six Month Smiles stay on the teeth throughout the treatment, while Invisalign aligners are removable – making it easier to brush, floss and continue day to day habits. With that being said, if you think you are likely to forget to wear your aligner, you may be better suited to a permanently fitted treatment with Six Month Smiles.
Invisalign provides a discreet orthodontic treatment that is nearly invisible. In comparison, Six Month Smiles is also discreet, with barely visible brackets and tooth-coloured wires.
When comparing the costs of Invisalign and Six Month Smiles, you might be surprised to hear that the Six Month Smiles treatment is slightly more affordable. Fortunately, at St Helier Dental Surgery, we offer both treatments with affordable payment plans, giving you the option of either treatment. We also offer 12-month interest-free finance plans to make it easier for you to spread out the costs!
To learn more about our other orthodontic treatments in South London and discuss which one is right for you, contact us at our St Helier Dental Surgery, today. If you feel that one of these treatments is right for you, you can easily register as a new patient.