Misaligned teeth can affect one’s appearance and contribute to many other problems, such as periodontal disease, temporomandibular joint disorders, headaches, and neck, shoulder, and back pain. Many adults could benefit from orthodontic treatment, but some decide against it because of the time that treatment requires (typically two to three years) and the unattractive appearance of metal brackets and wires.
Short-term orthodontics allows patients to improve their smiles and overall oral health easily in a fraction of the time required for traditional orthodontics. Treatment can straighten teeth in six to nine months.
Short-term orthodontics can be used to treat many problems, including extrusions, intrusions, rotations, and tipping. Short-term orthodontics is used to straighten the upper and lower front teeth, not the teeth in the entire mouth.
This treatment can be used as long as the jaw and mouth are fully developed and there is a healthy occlusal foundation that requires minimal adjustment. Most adults with misaligned teeth are good candidates for short-term orthodontics.
This type of treatment typically uses brackets and wires that are similar in color to teeth, making it a more aesthetically pleasing solution than traditional braces. It is also less expensive than other orthodontic treatment.
Lucid-Lok (Six Month Smiles) wires gently and consistently apply pressure to move the teeth. If you choose this treatment, your dentist will take impressions of your upper and lower arches and send them to the Six Month Smiles Processing Center, where a bracket specialist/technician will create a customized patient kit that includes bonding trays.
The brackets will be accurately positioned in the bonding trays so they can be placed precisely. Your teeth will be etched, rinsed, and dried, and then an adhesive will be applied. The bonding trays will be seated intraorally, the brackets will be light-cured onto your teeth, and tooth-colored wires and ties will be attached and adjusted.
In order to maintain the effects of the treatment, you will need to wear a retainer or mouth guard. If you do not, your teeth can move back into their original positions.