BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER SIX MONTH SMILES TREATMENT IN GARLAND, TX
Maybe you have dreamed for years about having straight, attractive teeth, but didn’t know it could happen in about six months. This cosmetic straightening technique is available at Perfect 32 Family Dentistry in Garland, TX and it is easier than you think. Dr. Boppana explains the Six Month Smiles process.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM SIX MONTH SMILES TREATMENT IN GARLAND, TX
Six Month Smiles orthodontics focuses on correction of the front teeth in upper and lower arches. A system of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires guides “smile teeth” into alignment. Six Months Smiles is ideal for an adult patient who does not have bite problems but wants cosmetic improvement in issues such as:
- Asymmetry or off-center midline
- Crowding and overlaps
- Diastemas (gaps between teeth)
- Open bite
- Reverse smile line (upper arch appears to be a downward arc)
- Rotated teeth
- Tipped teeth
Treatment starts with a consultation and comprehensive oral examination. If you are a suitable candidate, and Six Month Smiles is the best option to meet your straightening goals, preparation begins. Dr. Boppana takes “before” smile photographs, digital x-rays, intraoral pictures, and impressions. With this data, models of your mouth are made at the Six Month Smiles laboratory. The model is used to precisely calculate movement necessary to achieve desired results, and the placement of brackets and wires to accomplish that movement.
Dr. Boppana conditions tooth surfaces and bonds brackets in place. There is no guesswork – brackets arrive from the lab in a custom-fabricated tray that ensures exact positioning and holds brackets until the cement sets. Then a special light is applied to further harden cement. The doctor inserts appropriate arch wires and makes final adjustments.
You receive instructions for keeping your mouth and braces clean, and dietary guidance to avoid dislodging the brackets.
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Recheck visits are scheduled at four- to five-week intervals. During these brief visits, Dr. Boppana adjusts and tightens arch wires. You will likely feel some tension, but it typically resolves within a few days. Over-the-counter analgesics help to manage this tenderness. Since Six Month Smiles works on the principle of low force, wire tightening is not aggressive, so discomfort is milder than with conventional orthodontics.
ENJOYING YOUR NEW, STRAIGHT SMILE
Average treatment time is six months, but every case is unique. You could finish in as little as four or go a bit past six months to ensure good results. When treatment is completed, wires are taken out and brackets are gently removed. Cement residue is scraped away, and teeth receive a thorough cleaning and polish, followed by “after photographs.”
Dr. Boppana takes new impressions of your mouth to create a removable retainer. This device is worn at night to prevent teeth from relapsing back to their original positions. A non-removable retainer is also an option and a good choice if you are forgetful. It is cemented inside the arch, so it is not visible when you smile or speak.