When orthodontic work is required but major bite corrections are not, patients may want to consider short-term orthodontics. These types of braces offer permanent improvements to the positions of teeth that are only slightly misaligned rather than severely crooked. Here are some of the most popular options in this category.
Invisalign Express uses the same types of aligners that Invisalign Full and Invisalign Teen use. The aligners are clear, plastic, and comfortable, as well as nearly invisible when worn. However, unlike its full-term counterparts, Express uses only a small number of aligners to make minor bite corrections in a few months. Depending on the patient, Express typically takes three to six months, but can last up to nine months if extensions are necessary.
Six-Month Smiles are metal braces that take just a half-year to improve the bite. Like other metal braces, this treatment uses brackets bonded to the teeth and wires that are threaded through those brackets. Because this treatment is designed to adjust the positions of front teeth, it is often recommended for patients who are focused on a better-looking smile. When patients need more extensive bite correction or need rear teeth moved, our dentist may recommend another type of braces.
Orthodontic treatment is available for patients with all levels of bite irregularities, including minimal needs. Short-term braces can offer a major savings of time and money in these cases. At a consultation with our orthodontist, patients can learn more about short-term braces at our office.
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