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Traditional Orthodontics vs. Short-Term Orthodontics

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 22, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Orthodontists and orthodontic purists will certainly insist upon every tooth having to be in exactly its proper place and rotation at the close of orthodontic treatment. In the past few years, there has certainly been a movement toward a simpler orthodontic solution for those patients (mostly adults) who just want to have straighter teeth, and an improvement in occlusion, without having full-blown orthodontic treatment stretching over a 2- to 3-year period.

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics, Clinical Information

General Dentists and Orthodontics

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 15, 2015 8:30:00 AM

By Dr. Tony Feck, Six Month Smiles Clinical Director

Six Month Smiles® education is in large part designed to take the mystery out of moving teeth. This is not meant to trivialize the discipline of orthodontics, but rather “demystify” the process so that general dentists are more capable of helping more adult patients achieve the smile they want.

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics, Clinical Information, Six Month Smiles

[Clinical Article] Lower Incisor Extraction with Six Month Smiles®

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 8, 2015 4:03:00 PM

Marcie, a 21 year old female, came to our practice hoping to improve the appearance of her smile. Her chief complaint was her crowded upper and lower incisors.

A full examination was carried out and some photographs were taken to properly assess her dentition. Marcie hadn't been to a dentist in a number of years and a certain degree of dental neglect was noted. She had a few carious teeth requiring fillings and she had extensive gingivitis due to her poor oral health.

By: Dr. Maurice O'Brien, Six Month Smiles Provider®

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Topics: Clinical Information

Oh! The Things We Can Do With Teeth!

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Apr 1, 2015 2:21:00 PM

We are able to prep teeth, remove the pulps of teeth, replace missing teeth, scale teeth, remineralize teeth, remove teeth, repair teeth and some dentists involved in research are even able to grow teeth! But an ability that is lacking for most? The ability to move teeth.

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics, Clinical Information, Six Month Smiles

[Clinical Article] Straighten Teeth with Adult Braces

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Mar 25, 2015 10:15:00 AM

 

Six Month Smiles, Adult Braces
Dr. Muhammed Kathrada

A 33 yr old female patient presented at the practice wanting veneers for 6 upper teeth. She was also aware that she grinds her teeth at night. 

Clinically she presented with a Class 2, Div 2 Malocclusion complicated by a deep overbite and asymmetrical gingival contour and after discussing
with her all the treatment options and the risks of veneers fracturing due to bruxism and the invasive preparations that would be required on her canines, she selected the Six Month Smiles® treatment option.

Her chief complaint was that she hated her "fangy" smile especially the left side.

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics, Clinical Information

The Myth of Need vs. Want in Orthodontics

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Mar 18, 2015 1:54:00 PM


“Does anyone truly NEED orthodontics?”
 For most dental professionals, this may initially seem like a silly question as they operate under the assumption that many patients “need” orthodontics.

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics, Six Month Smiles

6 Tips for Six Month Smiles Success

Posted by 6monthsmiles on Mar 11, 2015 11:02:00 AM


6 Tips for Six Month Smiles Success


Chances are that you realize there’s much more to success in dental private practice than mere clinical skill. While I’m a huge advocate of building your clinical skills to the highest levels of excellence (an ongoing journey!), I also urge you to work equally hard at building the additional skills that are essential for an enjoyable, reduced stress, and ultra-profitable practice!
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Topics: Six Month Smiles

Hello, Early Bird. (And Other Socially Awkward Situations)

Posted by Nick Cavuoto on Mar 3, 2015 12:07:00 PM

Introducing, New Course Pricing.

Showing up early isn't always sexy. 
However in this case, it'll save you hundreds.

Visit SixMonthSmiles.com/Level1

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics

6 Facts about Six Month Smiles Clear Braces

Posted by Nick Cavuoto on Feb 19, 2015 5:25:43 PM


General Dentists No Longer Have to Fear Orthodontics


The term “braces” has always implied “metal mouth for at least two years”. Short Term Ortho (STO) completely squashes this conventional thinking. The treatment philosophy is very similar to orthodontic treatment with clear aligners. The focus of treatment is to give adult patients great looking smiles by straightening their crooked teeth but not make large changes to the posterior occlusion. However, since STO utilizes clear brackets, tooth movement is much faster and more predictable than orthodontic movement with clear aligners. In fact, Dr. Kent Smith of Irving, TX has reported that his Six Month Smiles cases run 3x faster than similar aligner cases done in his office. 

The short treatment times are a result of a shift in focus away from complete orthodontic correction and towards solving the patients’ chief cosmetic complaints. With traditional orthodontics, most of the treatment time is spent correcting the angle classification and perfecting root positions. With STO we are letting go of these time consuming goals and focusing on giving patients what they want (a nice smile) in a time frame that is acceptable to them. “Straight teeth in six months” is an enormously attractive option for both patients and dentists!

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Topics: Short Term Orthodontics

About Us

Six Month Smiles® System is a GP-focused system that equips dentists to help their adult patients with crooked teeth, using unique clear braces. We're improving the lives of dentists and the patients that they help. Six Month Smiles® is very rewarding for everyone. The first step to becoming a Provider is to register for an upcoming Six Month Smiles Two Day Hands On Course

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