Few people actually look forward to the thought of having braces. They have a well-earned reputation of being both expensive and unsightly. A mouthful of obvious, silver wire and metal for a couple of years is hardly appealing. Yet, there is no doubt among dentists and orthodontists alike that they are still the most effective option, even in the age of newer alternatives such as Invisalign. Unfortunately, despite their effectiveness and the displeasure that so many Americans have with their teeth, many still avoid orthodontics. Not addressing the situation at all, however, can have negative impacts on self-esteem, professional career, and even love life.
Research conducted by the American Association of Orthodontics reveals that 36 percent of individuals think a better smile would improve their social life. More surprisingly, 77 percent of female respondents reported that crooked teeth are worse than receding hairlines, and 78 percent of all Americans perceive those with bad teeth to be unsuccessful. So, what is a person to do to address these concerns when they want to avoid the cost, time, and discomfort associated with traditional braces? For many, Six Month Smiles is a viable solution. Here is what you should know about them:
Visibility of Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are unique and appealing, especially to adult patients, because they are both effective and unnoticeable. Still composed of the traditional metal and wire components that offer the best results, they are made of clear brackets and tooth-colored wire. Additionally, because Six Month Smiles patients are those who need cosmetic improvement without major changes to their bite, they do not have to undergo regular tightening of the braces and are afforded a much higher level of comfort.
Time for Six Month Smiles
As the name clearly implies, the time needed for Six Month Smiles is significantly less than ordinary orthodontics. How do they accomplish the task so quickly? The answer again comes to the type of correction needed. Patients who require little adjustment in their bite, but want the aesthetic appeal of straighter teeth can achieve the look in a mere six months versus years with others.
Cost of Six Month Smiles
With average costs of $3,500 – $6,000, braces can be quite a hit to the pocket book. By virtue of time, Six Month Smiles offers an alternative that is not only quicker but cheaper as well. The cost for each patient may vary depending on insurance and other factors, so discuss the specifics with your dentist.
We all want to feel proud and confident when we smile. Straight, healthy looking teeth mean so much more than just a pretty smile. They give us the boost we need to confidently approach relationships and even job opportunities. Putting your best smile forward isn’t something that should have to be delayed because of concerns over cost and discomfort. If you have ever desired a straighter, more attractive smile but have been putting it off for these reasons, it’s time to consider Six Month Smiles.
In the Baton Rouge area, Dr. Aimee Russo and the staff at The Smile Spa our happy to offer this solution to our patients. To learn if you are a good candidate, request a consultation, or call our office directly at (225) 292-7645.