Did you know that virtually invisible braces straighten teeth more quickly than traditional metal braces?
That is correct! Adults and older teenagers looking to straighten their teeth can now get the smile they have always wanted in just six months through a cosmetic-braces system available at White Wolf Dental, with Dr. Valenzi in Port Orange, FL.
White Wolf Dental is licensed to offer the Six Month Smiles System, designed specifically for adults 18 and older, who have crooked, crowded or spaced teeth without major bite issues.
Contact Us today if you are interested in this very popular treatment.
This technique offers tremendous advantages over traditional metal braces:
- Unlike the traditional braces people must often wear for two to four years, this procedure straightens teeth in an average of just six months and uses low forces to gently move teeth more comfortably.
- The Six Month Smiles System utilizes specialized clear brackets and tooth-colored wires – making them virtually invisible.
- The procedure requires fewer dentist visits and is typically less expensive than traditional braces.
In addition, the Six Month Smiles System can result in healthier gums, since straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth.
The word ‘braces’ no longer has to strike fear among adults and older teens who want to straighten their teeth. White Wolf Dental can help you get the radiant smile you’ve always dreamed of, without waiting for years. Six Month Smiles braces are virtually invisible, and straighten teeth much more quickly and more comfortably than traditional braces.
Dr. Valenzi stresses the medical benefits of proper dental care, which helps fight against tooth wear and gum disease. Healthy teeth also encourage proper nutrition by enabling people to eat a variety of foods, help boost self-esteem and can reduce headaches and joint pain. If you are an adult considering braces to improve the appearance and health of your smile, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with White Wolf Dental to see if Six Month Smiles is a good option for you.
Q. How can teeth be straightened in only six months?
A. The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key components of the treatment are the use of special nickel titanium wires and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.
Q. Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal for the whole time?
A. Not at all, Six Month Smiles dentists use tooth-colored braces that are barely visible. The wires are tooth-colored as well. These are nothing like the metal braces you’ve seen before!
Q. How are Six Month Smiles braces more comfortable than regular braces?
A. Six Month Smiles braces use low force to move teeth more comfortably. Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.
Q. Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?
A. There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles orthodontics.
Q. Will I have to wear a retainer?
A. Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.
Q. What’s the catch?
A. There is no catch. If you are an adult (18 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you’re not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smiles.
ClearCorrect is the clear and simple alternative to braces.
It’s a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them, each aligner moving your teeth just a little bit at a time.
They’re practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re in treatment, they fit you perfectly, so they’re more comfortable than regular braces, and they’re removable, so you can eat whatever you like and clean your teeth normally.
How does it work?
You and your doctor will evaluate your teeth and talk about any problems or goals you have for your smile. Once you and your doctor establish ClearCorrect is the right treatment option for you, your doctor will take impressions, photos, and x-rays of your teeth that ClearCorrect uses in manufacturing your custom aligners. Then your doctor writes a prescription for your custom aligners and sends it to ClearCorrect.
What can it do?
ClearCorrect can treat a wide variety of issues that keep people from achieving their ideal smiles. Straighter teeth don’t just look better; they work better too. Poorly-aligned teeth can interfere with bite function, wear out quicker, and are more prone to cavities. Ask your doctor how ClearCorrect can help you.
Q. What should I expect during treatment?
While wearing clear aligners is generally not painful, there will be brief periods, days not weeks, when the new aligners may cause the teeth to be uncomfortable.
Expect people to glance at your teeth and ask, “What do you have on your teeth?”
Your ‘bite’ will feel different from time to time while the teeth are in transition.
You may have a lisp at first while becoming accustomed to talking with the aligner on.
You may have engagers (“buttons”) a small bump on the aligner, assisting the aligner to move the tooth.
Q. Will the aligners hurt? How comfortable are the aligners?
It’s fairly common to experience some tenderness or sensitivity for the first few days of wearing a new aligner. However, the more you wear the aligner the more comfortable they become. Sores and irritation are possible but really don’t occur that often.
The aligners can also sometimes temporarily affect your speech. But most people adapt quickly to wearing the aligners and it is rare that your speech would be impaired for an extended period of time. You may also experience a temporary increase in salivation or dryness of the mouth.
ClearCorrect aligners are among the most comfortable in the industry. Similar to braces, if aligners change too abruptly between steps, they can cause unnecessary discomfort. ClearCorrect aligners employ a unique system which balances your comfort and treatment time.
Q. Are the aligners hard to keep clean? How do I clean them?
No. The aligners are fairly simple to keep clean, however, tooth decay, periodontal disease, decalcification (permanent markings on the teeth) or inflammation of the gums may occur if proper oral hygiene and preventative maintenance are not maintained.
Most aligners can be cleaned with a toothbrush and cool water. A non-abrasive toothpaste is also recommended. Cleaning instructions are on every bag of new aligners.
Q. I’ve seen people with bumps on their aligners – what are they?
Depending on your treatment, it may be necessary to temporarily affix engagers (those weird bumps) to your teeth. They’re made of tooth-colored composite material and are there to assist with difficult tooth movements. When you’re not wearing your aligners they can feel awkward in your mouth, but don’t worry they’re easy to remove and are only used when absolutely necessary.
Q. How long will I be in treatment?
That depends entirely on the treatment goals you set with your doctor and the amount of correction that needs to be achieved. Treatment time can at times exceed estimates. Poor compliance, missing appointments, excessive bone growth, poor oral hygiene and broken appliances can make treatment time longer, increase costs and affect the quality of your results.
Treatment time can also vary considerably depending on an individual’s health and physiology. Much of orthodontic tooth movement relies on metabolism and bone remodeling. Further, the rate of tooth movement is not always linear and also depends on the type of movement being performed. For these reasons, treatment times are estimates based on the doctor’s clinical examination findings and experience.
Q. What is the daily wear schedule?
It’s recommended that you wear the aligners 22 hours a day. They should be removed for meals only, brushing and flossing before re-inserting the aligner. If not worn for up to 22 hours a day, the corrective process can be halted and within a few hours begin to reverse. It can then take several days for this process to start up again. Wearing your aligners 22 hours a day is key to achieving your treatment goals.
Q. Do I have to wear the aligners forever? What will happen when I’m done with treatment?
While the treatment aligners will have a determined period of wear based upon the treatment goals, the retainers may have to be worn for an extended period of time based upon the condition of the treatment result.
Q. What are the clear aligners made of?
ClearCorrect aligners are made from a plastic which has been specially formulated for ClearCorrect. It is a polyurethane resin that has been crafted and tested extensively to make it a superior plastic for clear aligners: it leads the class in stress retention, crack & impact resistance, clarity, and stain resistance. And, of course, it has been thoroughly tested for biocompatibility.
Q. Do the aligners contain BPA or phthalates?
No. ClearCorrect aligners are made without BPA or phthalates, and have been approved by the FDA.
Q. I’m pregnant/nursing, can I do clear aligner treatment?
ClearCorrect aligners are free from harmful chemicals and do not pose a significant risk to your health. However, it’s up to you and your doctor to determine if treatment is safe for you.