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Teeth Straightening. The Power of Six Month Smiles.

Posted by Dr. Noel Ananthan on May 7, 2015 12:26:00 PM

"Stacie" is 29 years old and presented with a chief complaint of wanting to address the spacing between her teeth. She had no specific concerns regarding the overjet or deep bite and had previously had a comprehensive ortho consult in which she was advised that she would require orthognathic surgery in conjunction with full fixed orthodontic treatment.

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

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

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

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