Last week I proposed to my fiancé. We set the date for November. I had braces in my early teens and kind of fell off wearing my retainer when in my late 20s. Of course my teeth have shifted. I’ve been saying for a few years that I want Invisalign but I think it’s too late for that. Will fast braces really help? I know I need to wear a retainer after that and I will. Thanks Mitch
Mitch – Clear or metal braces that are designed to quickly align your smile do so because they straighten only the teeth that show when you smile. They are very effective in aligning your front teeth, and many people use them for a reasonably quick smile makeover for special occasions.
Whether or not they will work for your particular case requires an exam. The effectiveness of braces like Six Month Smiles depends on the position of your teeth. You may see significant improvement, but it may take a little longer than six months.
Since your wedding is in November, this is a good time to get started with an exam to see which treatment is best for your case. If your treatment will take longer, keep in mind that you can still get these clear braces—or whatever treatment is best for your case—and your dentist may be willing to remove then for your wedding day. That is something you should discuss with your dentist in advance. By November, your smile will still be greatly improved for wedding pictures. If necessary, your treatment with Six Month Smiles can resume after the wedding.
You can also consider receiving teeth whitening from your dentist. In-office whitening is done in one visit, but requires some at-home care. Or, you can choose take-home treatment only. An exceptionally bright smile will improve the appearance of your teeth too.
As you have learned from your previous orthodontic treatment, it’s important to wear a retainer for life to keep your teeth aligned.
This post is sponsored by Dr. Ralph Stanley, Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, and Dr. Rogé Jacob of Hillsdale Dental Care.