Do you dream of a straighter, healthier, or younger looking smile? Orthodontic treatment can have tremendous health and cosmetic benefits. It can also make you more self-confident and willing to take on new challenges. However, because there are a number of treatment options, selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. For example, are you better suited to traditional or 6 month braces at our San Diego practice? Of course, the best way to determine your candidacy for La Jolla 6 month braces is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. Nevertheless, it is important to know all about your various choices, so you can make an informed decision regarding your dental care.
Understanding La Jolla 6 Month Braces
At our practice, we proudly offer an innovative form of accelerated orthodontics. Over 20 years ago, Dr. George Georgaklis and his brother Clifton developed Straight Teeth in Six MonthsSM. Although the technique is not widely known, Dr. Georgaklis has used it with tremendous success. It has even been featured in Dentistry Today. Straight Teeth in Six MonthsSM uses tooth-colored brackets and clear wires, so it is very subtle. Dr. Georgaklis will precisely calibrate the force of the wires, so they will gently straighten your teeth, correct overlapping teeth, or close small gaps in your smile. If you have serious malocclusion, such as an overbite or underbite, you may not be a good candidate for 6 month braces in San Diego. However, if you need minor to moderate orthodontic adjustments, our accelerated treatment may be a fantastic choice.
6 Month Braces in San Diego vs. Your Other Treatment Options
Rest assured that, even if you are not suitable for 6 month braces, you have other effective treatment options to choose from.
- Traditional Braces vs. 6 Month Braces
Traditional braces are the most well-known form of orthodontic treatment. Like accelerated orthodontics, they use brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. However, traditional braces are made of metal and, therefore, they do not offer the same degree of subtlety. If you have a dramatically misaligned bite or severely crooked teeth, traditional braces may be a better option than accelerated orthodontics. Because you will require a greater degree of correction, the braces will typically remain on your teeth for a longer period of time. Traditional orthodontic treatment usually takes 9 to 18 months.
- Lingual Braces vs. Straight Teeth in Six MonthsSM
Lingual braces go behind your teeth. Therefore, they more discreet than traditional braces. However, it may take longer for you to adjust to this type of device than 6 month braces. Nevertheless, lingual braces will be a better choice if you want to correct moderate to severe misalignment.
- Invisalign® vs. 6 Month Braces
Many people consider Invisalign® to be the most inconspicuous form of orthodontic treatment. The method uses clear aligner trays to straighten your teeth. However, Invisalign® does take longer than accelerated orthodontics. It will typically be 9 to 18 months before you see your final results. Invisalign® is a midway choice between accelerated and traditional orthodontics. Although it can address minor to moderate malocclusion, it is not a good choice if you need to correct dramatic misalignment.