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How Long Do Braces Stay On For?

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Braces are a great way to straighten teeth. They have been designed to reposition the roots and crowns of the teeth for a nice straight smile. There are many reasons why our teeth may develop crooked and it is quite common that these early signs are picked up at a young age and then subsequently treated during our teen years. However, it is also becoming more common practice for adults to have their teeth straightened as well. There isn’t an age limit in getting your teeth straightened and there are many different discrete orthodontic systems on offer to fit in with your lifestyle.

Treatment Lengths

When it comes to straightening teeth there is no one size fits all approach. Everyone’s teeth will be different and the solution to fix them will also be different. Depending on what teeth movement you require, the most suitable brace may vary. If you have problems with the bite (the way the teeth meet), then damon braces may be more suitable for you. If its just a cosmetic issue and there are no problems with your bite, then something like 6 month smiles may be more suitable. Just like the name suggests, the treatment can be completed in typically just 6 months.

If you are looking at correcting more severe problems including the bite, then treatment times will take longer. Fast braces such as 6 month smiles work quicker than other systems as they only correct only the visible parts of the tooth (crowns) and won’t treat the roots.

We offer free consultations so we can asses your teeth and determine what options will suit you how long they will roughly take to treat you.

If you are interested in exploring your teeth straightening options, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

6 Month Smiles Birmingham

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If your teeth suffer from being crooked, wonky or uneven, you may be considering an orthodontic option to straighten them. When it comes to tooth correction with regards to straightness, braces are the most traditional methods to do so. One of the most new and exciting systems to come from the USA is called 6 Month braces.

Why Are They Called 6 Month Smiles?

They are named 6 month smiles as some cases can be completed in as short as 6 months time. This is because how the brace fundamentally works is different to traditional system. Typically traditional braces can take 18-24 months to be completed. This is because they are treating both the crowns and roots of the teeth. The main difference between these systems and the 6 Month Smiles system is the fact that they only correct the visible parts of the teeth (crowns) and won’t treat the roots.

Do I Need My Roots Correcting?

In some cases there may not be a need to have the roots corrected, and this will therefore make you eligible for 6 month smiles. If you are having bite problems, then you may need the roots to be corrected also and another system may be more suitable for you.

In the first instance we offer free consultations so we can asses your your teeth and discuss with you what you are trying to achieve and if you have a time scale e.g. before a wedding etc. We will explore all various options that may be suitable for your case.

As well as the retainers that are included in the package we also include a home teeth whitening system to really finish off your smile.

To find out more information, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

What Are Six Month Smiles?

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6 Month Smiles are a exciting and modern way to straighten teeth. They are a fixed, clear, ceramic strong brace, that can cosmetically enhance your smile. When it comes to straightening your teeth, one of the most common questions we here from patients is, how long will I need to wear braces for.

Treatment Times With 6 Month Smiles

Just like the name says, 6 month smiles can straighten teeth in just 6 months (case dependant). This is down to the mechanics of how the brace works. Unlike traditional braces, 6 month smile only straightens the visible parts of the teeth (crowns). The reason why other braces take so long to straighten teeth, is because they are taking the added job, of moving the roots as well. In some cases, there will be a need to correct the roots, as well as the crowns. If you have problems with your bite (over bite, over jet, underbite etc), then another system may be more suitable for your case.

If you are facing cosmetic straightening problems, then the 6 month braces system may be ideal for you. We will be happy to offer a free consultation where we assess your teeth and examine which options will be the most suitable for you (there are many modern systems available to meet a wide range of needs).

Flexible Payment Plans

Another common question we here is, are there any payment plans available. We are able to offer flexible payment methods to help meet your needs. There are pay as you go options, 0% and low interest finance plans. After the free consultation, we will send you a treatment plan outlining your options with associated costs. To find out more information regarding which system will be best for you, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

Which Is Better Invisalign or Six Month Smile?

There are several choices open to adult customers who want to straighten their teeth. Two of the most familiar options are Invisalign and Six Month Smiles. These are both popular for different reasons, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each of these different types of dental braces.


This is one of the most commonly used types of braces. There are several advantages to this type of brace including the fact that they are removable and clear, benefiting adults who want to look good in social settings, but still want to straighten their teeth. Invisalign is also easier to clean and patients are more comfortable wearing them while eating. The major advantage is that the aligners can be removed at any point, so for example they can be taken out if the patient has a long speech or presentation where braces might affect how they speak.

However, this also throws up one of the major disadvantages, which is that Invisalign requires patient compliance, meaning that it has to be worn the majority of the time, and patients have to put the aligners in themselves. Another significant disadvantage is the length of time that Invisalign takes to straighten teeth, which can be significantly longer than fixed options.

Six Month Smile

Unlike Invisalign, Six Month Smiles consists of ceramic braces which are fixed into the teeth. This means that it is more visible, and cannot be removed until the teeth are straightened. Unlike large metal braces, they are made of tooth-coloured material which means that they are less visible than the traditional braes, but as they are fixed to the front of the teeth they will still be slightly noticeable. Many patients choose this option as it is quick and doesn’t rely on patients to comply.

Choosing Between The Two Styles

If you want to know what the best types of braces are for your teeth, then you should take advice from your own dentist. Adults are more likely to want invisible braces, which is where Invisalign works well. Being removable also makes them perfect for adults who want to socialise without it being obvious that they are having their teeth straightened. However, Six Month Smile works faster, doesn’t rely on patients for compliance, and is generally faster and more cost-effective than Invisalign despite being fixed to the teeth while they are being straightened. We always advise to book in for a free consultation so we can discuss all the pro’s and cons with you.

How Are Six Month Braces Removed?

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During six month smiles treatment, the average completion time tends to be from four to nine months. Following successful treatment, patients often wonder how their brace is going to be removed.

When the brace is bonded on, we use a composite-based luting cement to hold it in place, which is essentially a glue used on the brackets to glue to the teeth. The idea of this glue is so that it attaches to the enamel of the teeth, without causing any damage upon removal.

Before and after - 6 month smiles

Simple Removal Process

We are asked on a regular basis by patients “How are these braces removed?” and the actual procedure is a lot simpler than patients think. Patients often think that because these are fixed to the teeth it’s going to hurt or cause damage to the actual enamel of their teeth, but in actual fact, the removal process can take seconds to minutes.

Final Appointment

When a patient arrives during their final appointment to have the brace removed, the appointment mainly revolves around if the patient is happy with their teeth and happy for us to remove the brace.

Once we have consent to remove the brace, we will use a de-bonding tool that will carefully lift the brackets off the teeth. This tool has been specifically designed to ensure that any pressure that’s put on the bracket is directly applied to only the bracket itself, rather than the patient’s teeth.

The brackets will then start to pop off (pain free), and as they do they will make a normal clicking noise. The noise can sometime be disconcerting for patients, but patients soon become used to the actual noise itself.

After we have removed the brackets, there will always be some residual glue left on the enamel of the teeth. We then use a special tool that is designed to safely remove the glue and not damage the enamel. This is very normal and nothing to be worried about and we always carry out procedures with the main goal of protecting the patients teeth.

After the glue is removed, the majority of our patients say that it feels very strange to not have the braces on, and they often find themselves running their tongue over their teeth – which is quite a nice feeling/experience for the patient.

Before and after - 6 month braces

Following this procedure we offer to all of our orthodontic patients (for free), re-contouring of the teeth. In most adult patients there tends to be some form of chips or blemishes which are on the edges of their teeth. So we tend to smooth these out or add some composite bonding to the teeth to give them a nice natural rounded finish.

Any unusual-shaped teeth can also be changed, and often we will remove any deposits of plaque or tartar from their teeth (which can cause tooth decay if left).

Before and after - STb Lingual braces 6

At this point, we will fit fixed retainers to the teeth. The majority of our patients tend to have fixed retainers, as this is one of the best ways to maintain the straightness of their teeth. The fixed retainers are predominantly on the front teeth in the arches – but fixed to the backs of the teeth (hidden). They go from the lower canine from one side to the lower canine on the right-hand side. On the upper, they similarly go across the front six teeth.

Bonded retainers

Once we have applied the fixed retainers, we take impressions of the teeth that are used to make our removable retainers (to be worn at night), which are then also used as the whitening trays (free whitening with ortho treatments).

Removable Retainer

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If you are interested in having your teeth straightened but still have unanswered questions or any concerns, we will be happy to offer you a free consultation where we can examine your case in detail, offering you the most suitable treatments to accomplish your goals. Don’t worry if your a nervous patient, we understand that going to the dentist can be a stressful experience and we will go at a pace to suit your needs.

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By Dr Gursh Bajwa

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