Learn More About The Pros and Cons Of Six Month Smiles

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If you’ve been looking at options for straightening your smile then you’ve probably come across Six Month Smiles. As its name suggests, it’s an orthodontic treatment that takes around 6 months to complete and involves wearing a clear brace. It manages to straighten teeth in lightning fast time because it focuses purely on the cosmetic aspect of your smile, straightening just the teeth that are in the smile line.

Often referred to as “fast orthodontics” Six Month Smiles sounds like the perfect solution for those looking to improve a crooked smile, but it’s important to realize that for orthodontic treatment to work in such a short time, there has to be a compromise. So, to help you make an informed decision we’ve put together some pros and cons of Six Month Smiles which also apply to other types of short-term orthodontics.


  • Quickly does it– The main reason people choose Six Months Smile is that significant results can be achieved in around 6 months. So how come it works so fast? Well actually it isn’t working faster than any other type of orthodontic treatment, it’s just that it’s only moving your front teeth. Conventional orthodontics, on the other hand, works on all of the teeth and can take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to complete.

  • Discretion guaranteed – Six Month Smiles utilizes clear brackets and tooth-colored wire so it’s not that obvious that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. And anyway, it’s only for 6 short months or less.

  • Affordability – Because Six Month Smiles is such a short orthodontic treatment, this means that it’s usually cheaper than comprehensive orthodontic treatment. This could be reflected in the length of your treatment time, your brace, and even the experience and skill of your dentist, so do some research before going ahead with your treatment to find out just what the treatment includes.


  • Compromised results – Because Six Month Smiles only straightens your front teeth it doesn’t tackle the manner in which they meet nor does it improve your bite– and in some cases, it can make your bite worse. Conventional orthodontic treatment, on the other hand, works to move all of the teeth and the roots in order that they meet together better and your bite is improved.

  • May not meet expectations – Often patients don’t realize the limitations of Six Month Smiles and are left feeling disappointed with the end results. This is why at Chesterfield Dentistry we take the time to ensure that you totally understand what Six Month Smiles can do for your smile and what it can’t. We’ll discuss whether or not it is the best solution to help you achieve the smile you’re hoping for.

For many patients, Six Month Smiles is a good choice if their dental issues are minor and they’re more bothered about the aesthetics than the bite functionality. To see if Six Month Smiles is right for you and to discuss other orthodontic options, why not give us a call today on (314) 469-6429 and schedule an appointment?