Thinking About Orthodontics? Six Month Smiles May Be Right for You

Vancouver WA orthodonticsOrthodontic treatments are an excellent way to improve your appearance and help ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong for a lifetime. If you are considering orthodontics, it’s important to know there are many benefits to realigning your smile. The most notable benefit will be the feeling of having a beautiful, symmetrical smile to share with the world, but there are also several health benefits to straightening your teeth.

Vancouver, WA dentist Dr. Carl Futenma provides Six Month Smiles orthodontic treatment to help his patients achieve the confidence that comes with a smile that is as beautiful as it is healthy. Call us at 360-574-3061 to learn more about Six Month Smiles.

For a Beautiful and Healthy Smile

Misaligned teeth negatively affect the appearance of your smile, but they can also lead to oral health problems. For example, when teeth are crowded and overlap, they may be harder to keep clean and therefore put you at a disadvantage when it comes to preventing cavities and gum disease. Furthermore, a poorly aligned bite can weaken and wear down teeth and lead to jaw problems later in life, such bruxism and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Health benefits of orthodontics include:

  • Teeth that are easier to clean
  • Improved jaw function
  • Increased chewing efficiency
  • Long term health of the gum tissue

In addition to improving your appearance and self-confidence, straightening your teeth with orthodontics will give you the peace of mind that you are taking every possible step to maintain the long-term health of your teeth and gums.

Six Month Smiles

The most well-known orthodontic treatment is bracket-and-wire braces. This dependable system is based on the principle that teeth can be shifted into new positions when gentle, constant pressure is applied. Brackets are permanently affixed to the teeth, and wires are threaded through the brackets to apply carefully controlled pressure. Small alignment changes will be enacted by tightening the wires during monthly visits to our office. Over time, teeth are shifted into more healthy and aesthetic positions: a beautifully balanced smile!

With Six Month Smiles, orthodontic treatment is faster than ever. Typically, braces take approximately 24 months, but with this system a new smile can be complete in just six months. That’s faster than even clear aligner systems, such as Invisalign. It is also less noticeable than standard braces; with tooth colored brackets and wires,  there is no stainless steel to distract from the beauty of your smile during treatment.

Your Consultation with Dr. Futenma

If you would like to learn more about orthodontic treatment for correcting your smile, Dr. Futenma will meet with you for a consultation, during which he will (1) conduct an examination, (2) explain your unique alignment concerns, (2) determine whether Six Month Smiles is right for you.

Using x-rays and the most up-to-date digital imaging technology, we will carefully assess your teeth and provide a complete clinical diagnosis and written summary of your alignment concerns. You will see a detailed treatment plan that outlines the proposed treatment, goals, and estimated fees.

The Time Has Never Been Better!

Orthodontic treatments have been around for many decades, but recent advances in technology, materials, and digital imaging provide patients with better options than ever before. Modern orthodontic treatments like Six Month Smiles can better target your unique alignment issues and provide more conservative, faster corrections than those of the past.

Visit our Vancouver, WA office to learn more about what modern orthodontics can do for you. Whether you are considering braces for you child, teen, or yourself, we will help you understand the benefits and details of the process. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Futenma, call our office at (360) 574-3061 or contact us online anytime.

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