Dental braces that don’t have to be worn for years to achieve straight teeth
Having crooked teeth is no fun. Not only does it make them harder to clean, thereby increasing the risk of decay and gum disease, but it can cause a patient to become less confident and more reluctant to smile than if they had great looking teeth.
Despite this, many people refuse to have their teeth straightened, preferring to have crooked teeth rather than having to wear unsightly dental braces for long periods of time. Whilst this is understandable to some degree, it is also unnecessary, and, at The Lodge Dental Suite, we are pleased to offer our Cheshunt patients a fast and convenient orthodontic system which can help you achieve this aim in a fraction of the time.
Six Month Smiles
The Six Month Smiles orthodontic system is designed to be fast acting and, as the name implies, can achieve its aims in just a few months. Minor corrections may even take significantly less time than the name suggests. Whilst this system does work on the same principles as traditional braces; i.e. with wires and brackets which reposition the teeth, it does so using much finer, tooth coloured materials. These are much less visible than traditional metal and, combined with the short treatment period, provides an excellent way to have straighter teeth without the high visibility of metal braces.
How does it work?
Whilst most orthodontic systems work to straighten all of the patient’s teeth, the Six Month Smiles system is predominantly a cosmetic orthodontic in that it only attempts to correct the position of the visible six top and bottom teeth which people see when you smile. If your rear teeth are very crooked too we may discuss other options with you. For most people though, the key aim of having straighter teeth is to improve their appearance, and the Six Month Smiles system achieves this quickly and conveniently.
Care of your teeth
Because of the wires and brackets that are used, it is very important that you take a little extra time to look after your teeth whilst you are wearing braces (and afterwards of course!) Dental decay and gum disease can occur when you wear braces, as food and bacteria can become trapped in the wires and mechanism. To assist with cleaning, our experienced local dental team may recommend the use of a special toothbrush which is designed for people wearing braces. In addition to this, there are a few additional tips which should help to keep your mouth healthy.
- After eating, swill water around your mouth. This will help to remove food which has become trapped if you do this quite vigorously
- Use dental floss. This is very important for keeping your gums clean. You may need to use a floss threader to be able to floss between your teeth.
- Use a fluoride mouthwash. This will not only provide an additional rinse to remove debris, but will also strengthen the enamel of your teeth
It is worth remembering that if your child wears any type of orthodontic appliance, then they are much less likely to look after their teeth in the way that they need to, and parental supervision is essential.
If you live in local villages such as Cuffley, Broxbourne or Waltham Cross and are unhappy with your crooked teeth and would like to see if you are a suitable candidate for the Six Month Smiles system, why not call The Lodge Dental Suite in Cheshunt on 01992 643388.