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Discreetly & Quickly Straighten Your Teeth with Six Month Smiles®

Crooked teeth can have a significant impact on your appearance and confidence. While traditional orthodontic treatment is effective, some patients are dissuaded by the appearance of metal brackets and wires, as well as the time commitment braces require. Six Month Smiles® is a different type of orthodontic treatment that is purely for cosmetic purposes. This system uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires for fast, discreet cosmetic alignment. To learn more about Six Month Smiles®, contact the San Diego office of Dr. Peter Hellwig today and schedule an appointment.

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At our practice, we offer Six Month Smiles, which combine clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to discreetly straighten our patients' smiles.

How Six Month Smiles® Works

The Six Month Smiles® system's clear brackets are applied only to your front teeth that are visible when you smile. By only moving anterior teeth, treatment is much faster than traditional orthodontics, lasting six months on average. Like traditional orthodontics, a wire is attached across the front of your brackets, which exerts gentle pressure to move teeth into their new alignment.

Treatment Results & Considerations

Six Month Smiles® is very effective in treating alignment issues such as slightly crooked teeth or gapped teeth. In addition to patients receiving orthodontics for the first time, some Six Month Smiles® patients have already worn braces. Even after orthodontic treatment, teeth can gradually shift out of place without proper maintenance. Six Month Smiles® is the perfect choice for these patients, and can fix any visible misalignment quickly without another full round of traditional orthodontics. After your braces come off, Dr. Hellwig will provide you with a removable or fixed retainer that will keep your teeth aligned. 

Patients with severe misalignment or malocclusion should consider an alternative to Six Month Smiles®. This treatment is not intended to correct overbite, underbite, or a misaligned bite.

Benefits of Six Month Smiles®

There are many benefits to the Six Month Smiles® system, including:

  • Appearance: Because Six Month Smiles® uses clear brackets and tooth colored wires, these braces are less noticeable than traditional metal orthodontics.
  • Treatment Time: Traditional braces and even Invisalign® clear aligners can take from nine months to two years to complete treatment. Six Month Smiles® can create the aesthetic results you desire in as little as six months.
  • Comfort: Dr. Hellwig uses advanced technology to map out the movement of your teeth with this treatment. By doing so, he can safely and gently move your teeth into alignment using a series of pre-made wires that minimize any discomfort.
  • Affordability: In part because of the shorter treatment time, Six Month Smiles® usually costs less than other orthodontic options.
  • Dental Health: Even if crooked teeth are not affecting your bite, they can make it more difficult to maintain good oral hygiene. By straightening even a few teeth, you can create better access to hidden areas of your teeth and gums for cleaning.
  • Self-confidence: Because it is more discreet than traditional orthodontics, you can feel more confident during your Six Month Smiles® treatment. After it is complete, you can feel proud of your new smile for years to come.

Learn More During a Consultation

Dr. Hellwig loves orthodontics and has been placing braces for over 40 years.  He will recommend the best option for your situation.

To learn more about Six Month Smiles® and other orthodontic options, contact our office today.

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El Cajon Office

359 W Madison Ave Ste 200
El Cajon, CA 92020

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(619) 440-6364