For decades, metal braces have been the standard, go-to solution for crooked, misaligned teeth. But while traditional braces are effective, not everyone is thrilled to wear them. Fortunately, there are several other orthodontic treatments available now that offer patients a more conspicuous way to achieve the straighter smile they desire. Dr. Darian Hampton offers several orthodontic options, including Six Month Smiles and ClearCorrect, at his North Dallas dental practice. Here, he explains the differences and similarities between the two options.
Six Month Smiles
Six Months Smiles are braces designed to straighten teeth in a short amount of time and as inconspicuously as possible. The braces are made of clear plastic or enamel-colored material and use extremely thin wires, making it hard for others to tell that you are wearing braces. Six Month Smiles can correct several misalignment problems, including extrusions, rotations, intrusions and tipping. The treatment is also effective for common cosmetic dental issues in the front teeth, including:
- Overbites and open bites
- Crowding and overlapping teeth
- Canted midlines and asymmetry
- Reverse smile lines
Six Months Smiles is ideal for patients who want straighter teeth but do not require complex corrections to their bite. It is also ideal for patients who seek a faster solution to crooked teeth or a misaligned bite than traditional braces. If you have a wedding, graduation or another big event to attend in the near future, Six Month Smiles may be able to help you perfect your smile just in time for it!
An alternative to braces, ClearCorrect is a series of clear, nearly invisible aligners used to straighten teeth. The aligners are custom-made to fit each patient’s teeth and gradually move teeth a little bit at a time, eventually correcting the teeth and smile. Treatment time can vary from one to two years, depending on each patient’s needs. ClearCorrect is available to treat the following orthodontic concerns:
- Crowded teeth
- Spacing between teeth
- Crooked or turned (rotated) teeth
ClearCorrect offers several benefits. First, the aligners are typically more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. The aligners are removable; patients can take off the aligners when eating or brushing teeth and flossing. Because of this, it is much easier to maintain and care for the aligners than it is braces, and it is easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
Choosing a Treatment
The truth is, it is impossible to tell which orthodontic treatment is best for you without consulting with an experienced dentist first. If you are interested in transforming your smile with Six Month Smiles or ClearCorrect, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hampton. During your consultation, the trusted dentist will examine your teeth in order to determine which treatment can best achieve the straight, beautiful smile you want. To schedule your appointment with us, please call (972) 635-4967 today.