Cosmetic Orthodontics for Adults & Teens
A straight, beautiful smile doesn’t have to mean spending years with a mouth full of metal. For adults and teens in Ephrata, our team offers two cosmetic alternatives – Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. If you’ve put off orthodontic treatment because you don’t want to spend time using uncomfortable, smile ruining metal bracket and wire braces, it’s time to call Ephrata Family Dentistry to schedule an orthodontic consultation. No dental treatment is right for every patient, but for many, a cosmetic alternative to traditional braces is the best course of action. Our team will examine your smile and help you determine whether or not you’re a candidate for Invisalign or Six Month Smiles.
If you want to straighten your smile without the hassle of bracket and wire braces, an Invisalign alignment tray orthodontic plan may be just what you need. Traditional braces, Six Month Smiles, and other bracket and wire braces use wires to place pressure on brackets affixed to the fronts of teeth to move the smile into alignment. Invisalign uses a series of clear alignment trays to gently shift the smile. Each set of aligners represents one step closer to the desired end result. Patients wear their aligners for about two weeks at a time. Then, they exchange their current set for the next set of alignment trays in the series. Traditional braces require patients to visit an orthodontist every few weeks for lengthy braces adjustments, but Invisalign patients only need to attend a few, shorter office appointments every six to eight weeks. The entire treatment process is completed in about twelve months. Invisalign systems can be used to align teeth for both teens and adults. Other benefits of Invisalign clear braces include:
- Keep your healthy natural looking smile throughout the treatment process
- Avoid the hassles of bracket and wire braces like changes in diet and oral hygiene routines
- Straighten your smile without the potential irritation or allergic reactions that can occur when using metal bracket and wire braces
Six Month Smiles
Another alternative to traditional brackets and wires to align teeth is the Six Month Smiles system. Similar to other braces treatments, Six Month Smiles uses brackets and wires to shift teeth into position. However, there are two main differences between regular braces and Six Month Smiles. First, they use clear and tooth-colored brackets and wires, and they only shift those teeth that are most visible in the smile line. Often called the social six, realigning these teeth allows patients to smile confidently in less time than regular braces. Most patients achieve their desired results in three to eight months. Because only the front teeth are realigned, this orthodontic system is only recommended for adults. Six Month Smiles braces are prefabricated in a specialty lab according to designs created by a skilled cosmetic dentist. Then, they are affixed and adjusted by the dentist to lead teeth into their ideal alignment.
What’s Right for Me?
No treatment is right for every patient. If you want to learn more about Invisalign or Six Month Smiles orthodontics, schedule a cosmetic dentistry consultation with the Ephrata Family Dentistry team. We’ll review your smile and help you find the right orthodontic solution for your unique smile.