2 Ways to Achieve a Straighter, Healthier Smile in a Hurry

We all want those perfect straighten teeth that make our smile dazzle. But achieving a straighter smile takes time, right? And you have to deal with fixed braces for a few years, too, right? Well, not when you visit our Fredericksburg VA dental office. We have two revolutionary ways to give you a better, straighter smile: Six Month Smiles and Invisalign.

Drs. Moss are both skilled at helping patients overcome their smile problems using these orthodontic systems. Invisalign and Six Month Smiles are drastically different, so today we want to review some of the advantages of each. Whichever system is right for you, the treatment will take about half of the time of traditional braces. We can quickly assess your mouth and give you recommendation for the right orthodontic whenever you call us at (540) 373-2080.

A Better Smile in Six Months

There are millions of Americans struggling with tooth alignment problems, but not everyone needs something as comprehensive as traditional braces. Some of us just have moderate or mild crooked teeth. Six Month Smiles is a short-term orthodontic system that focuses only on the teeth in the front of the mouth. It’s called Six Month Smiles because it takes just six months to work. We only use subtle and tooth-colored brackets and wires, so the treatment can blend in.

Six Month Smiles candidates are ideally 16 or older, which is one of the reasons the treatment is so subtle. Even though you’re wearing braces, the braces are hard to spot AND you’ll only be wearing them for six months at the longest. Because the treatment time is also shorter, it’s also a fraction of the cost of traditional braces.

Straighten Teeth Without Braces

Most adults with crooked teeth don’t want to deal with clunky metal brackets or wires. While traditional braces are the gold standard of orthodontic treatment, most adults don’t want to wear metal braces for two years, especially if they have public-facing jobs. The solution to that problem is Invisalign, a system that uses clear aligners to move your teeth into a better positions.

Invisalign began about 20 years ago, and now we can treat many orthodontic problems with this system. Our patients love Invisalign because the aligners are clear, so no one will ever even know they are undergoing treatment. And secondly, the aligners are removable, so you can eat whatever you want during your treatment and effectively clean your teeth.   

Invisalign is more convenient than traditional braces and shorter, too. The average Invisalign treatment takes anywhere from 12 to 18 months.

What A Straighter Smile Means

Perhaps first and foremost, a straighter smile means that you can smile with confidence. Our Six Month Smiles and Invisalign patients tell us about the surge in confidence they get after their treatment. It’s hard to put a price on a benefit like that. But there are also benefits beyond improving the appearance of your smile. Straight teeth also give you a healthier smile.

  • Straight teeth are easier to clean — Plaque and bacteria love to hide in hard-to-reach places, so when the teeth are straight, it’s easier to remove the plaque from your teeth during brushing.
  • Straight teeth reduce the risk of injuries — If the teeth do not come together perfectly, your bite isn’t balanced, and that increases the risk of problems like chips or fractures.
  • Straight teeth can improve health of gums —  Gum recession can happen with age, heavy brushing, or a bad bite. Straightening your teeth and balancing bite can reduce your risk of gum recession.  

There are many reasons to straighten your teeth. If you have issues with crooked teeth, give us a call today at (540) 373-2080 to schedule a visit. You might be surprised just how quickly we can change your smile. We look forward to meeting you.