Frequently Asked Questions – Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles fixed braces have become a global success – over 25 countries are now providers of the system. Inventor Dr. Ryan Swain said of the system, ‘That is what I set out to do – create a common sense and pragmatic orthodontic approach that allows dentists to help (orthodontic) adult patients.’ 

When were the first Six Month Smiles invented?

Six Month Smiles braces were pioneered by American dentist Dr. Ryan Swain, who introduced the concept in 2007. By 2012, 20,000 patients had been treated.

You can read a full interview with Dr. Swain by clicking here.

How is it possible to straighten teeth in only 6 months?

Six Month Smiles treatment employs the same principles as with traditional orthodontics, using special nickel titanium wires to focus on the teeth that are visible when you smile, known as the ‘social six’. Your teeth are gently guided into a desired position over a 6-month period.

Are Six Month Smiles braces comfortable?

A common misconception is that Six Month Smiles braces are uncomfortable because the accelerated treatment means that tighter braces are required. In actual fact, Six Month Smiles uses low force to move the teeth and as they only focus on certain teeth (social six), consequently, they take less time.

What is the design behind Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles incorporate a discreet design that encompasses translucent brackets and tooth-coloured wires – this makes them a particularly popular choice with those who do not wish for their smiles to change too much during the treatment period.

Who is eligible for Six Month Smiles treatment?

Six Month Smiles is suitable for adults (18+) who have crooked or widely-spaced teeth but do not wish to change any structural issues with their bite. If you have a special occasion coming up and want to look your best in a short amount of time, Six Month Smiles may be the perfect choice of treatment for you.

Cost effective

Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than other brace types, aligner therapy, or veneers .

If you would like to know more about Six Month Smiles at Cornerhouse, please do not hesitate to contact us and we can arrange a consultation with one of our expert orthodontists here in Norwich.