What are six month braces?
Powerprox Six Month Braces® are an excellent alternative to clunky metal braces that stand out against the teeth. It used to be that if you wanted straighter teeth, your options were limited to grey metal brackets that were big and uncomfortable, and they could take up to two years or longer to give you the smile you desired. Now, thanks to modern technology and advancements in orthodontics, you can utilize much smaller, clear braces that are virtually unnoticeable on the teeth. They also reposition the teeth much faster than traditional braces, but they are still very safe and effective.
Why do six month braces straighten faster than traditional braces?
Contrary to popular belief, straightening teeth quickly and efficiently does not involve making the braces super tight to force the teeth to move faster. In fact, making braces too tight is not only painful, but it can have the opposite effect on a patients’ treatment plan. If too much force is applied to the teeth, bruising can occur underneath the gums, making it very difficult for the teeth to move again until the bruising has healed, which can sometimes take weeks. Six month braces work to gently move the teeth continuously, which allows the average treatment time for patients to be around six months.
Are six month braces more painful than traditional braces?
Because of the low force that is used, combined with the sleek design of the braces themselves, six month braces do tend to be less painful than traditional braces. However, you can expect to feel a little pain or tenderness when you begin using an orthodontic treatment of any kind. Your teeth are not used to being moved, so if you do experience some pain or discomfort, there are a few home remedies that can help. Using ice packs, eating cold foods, or taking over-the-counter pain medication can usually provide some relief. If you are still experiencing a lot of pain or discomfort after one week, let our team know so we can help.