What are short term braces?

Simply said, 6-month braces (short term orthodontics) are used to improve the appearance of upper front teeth or lower front teeth in a very short time – usually about six months. It is limited orthodontics not comprehensive orthodontics. The objective is to move only the front six to eight teeth only and not change the bite overall. Because the objective is limited the time span to achieve a more esthetic smile is very short.

Traditional metal orthodontic braces are normally placed for the 6-month braces. However, if preferred we can use ceramic or white brackets instead of the metal ones. This approach is faster and more precise than Invisaline, which uses clear trays. In fact, many doctors who use Invisaline often incorporate traditional braces for the final touch.

Some people may consider veneers or crowns to close gaps or give the illusion of a corrected alignment of the teeth (Dr. Petros does a great job with these too) and admittedly this approach can get the results wiith two visits. Short Term braces are the most natural, most conservative and least invasive approach for you to improve your appearance. Short Term braces costs less than crowns or veneers – often thousands of dollars less.

After braces your teeth are easier to keep clean, gums are healthier, fillings last longer and the overall health of your mouth is improved.

If you are like many people who have been bothered by crooked front teeth but do not want them “filed down” or thought that dental braces committed you to two or more years of treatment Short Term orthodontics offers a healthy and usually less expensive choice.

Not every one is a candidate for Short Term braces, however. Gum disease or significant malalignment may make this technique not possible. Call our office and arrange for a complimentary examination for accelerated orthodontics and Dr. Petros and his staff will be happy to provide additional information.

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