Six Month Smiles

All You Need To Know About Six Month Smiles

If you need some form of correction to your teeth but don’t want to commit to wearing braces for upwards of two years, then your dentist in Glasgow may suggest Six Month Smiles as a treatment which could be just right for you. As its name suggests, it’s a type of brace which can straighten crooked or misaligned teeth within a six month period.

What does it look like?

six month smilesSix Month Smiles consists of small brackets and wires which blend in naturally with your teeth because they are tooth coloured. They’re not transparent like Invisalign, which is one of several types of clear braces in Glasgow, but they’re discreet and barely noticeable. It’s worth noting at this point that they are considerably smaller and lighter than conventional metal braces and work well on crooked and gapped teeth.

How does it work?

The brace contains nickel wires which apply constant pressure and a small amount of force when they’re worn. This causes the teeth to move into their correct position. Once you’ve completed your treatment you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from shifting back to their original position. This can either be a permanent or removable retainer and your dentist in Glasgow will discuss this with you.

Who can benefit from Six Month Smiles

Anyone who is suffering from:

  • Misaligned teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Overcrowded teeth

is a potential candidate for Six Month Smiles.

The main advantage of the Six Month Smiles treatment is that it is speedy, relatively painless, and cheaper than many other types of braces. However, they are more focused on the aesthetic side of things rather than on improving the overall bite and only actually treat the visible teeth that are seen when a person smiles.

Not everyone is suited to Six Months Smile which is why we offer a free consultation whereby Dr. Colin Gardner can carry out a dental examination to ascertain whether or not it will treat your condition and deliver the results that you’re hoping for. Once candidacy has been determined then he will put together a tailored treatment plan and take impressions of your mouth and teeth so that the Six Month Smiles laboratory can fabricate your custom braces. This normally takes around two weeks and then they can be fitted and your treatment commenced.

To find out more about Six Month Smiles or to discuss all of your dental options why not schedule a consultation with Dr. Colin Gardner today. You can call Botanics Dental direct on 0141 334 3408 or book online at We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.

Need Straight Teeth In A Hurry? Six Months Is All It Takes

There’s nothing like a special occasion, when you need to look and feel your best, to spur you into action and make you go ahead with something you may have been putting off for months or even years. Many adults are unhappy with the appearance of their crooked teeth but simply can’t bear the thought of wearing ugly metal coloured braces for a couple of years – after all, they’re just for kids and teens aren’t they? Well yes and no. Metal braces are often worn by children and teens who don’t feel at all self conscious wearing them. However Glasgow orthodontics isn’t just for children and teens and we’re seeing many more adults asking to have their teeth straightened.

Six Month SmilesIt’s understandable that most adults are reluctant to commit to long term wear of braces particularly metal ones, but fortunately there are many more options to choose from, such as removable and clear braces. In Glasgow, at Botanics Dental Care we also offer a system called Six Month Smiles which comes under the category of fixed braces but uses discreet tooth coloured brackets and wires. Unlike traditional braces, this system focuses purely on straightening the teeth that are visible when a person smiles, so it’s more of a cosmetic treatment rather than a procedure for more severe orthodontic problems. As you might have guessed from the name the treatment generally takes around six months to complete but can take anywhere between 4-9 months depending on the individual. This fast method of tooth straightening is ideal for people who can’t wait any longer and need their smile fixed for a special occasion such as their wedding.

Six Month Smiles can be used to treat teeth that are misaligned, crooked, or gaped. To assess if you’re a suitable candidate for Six Month Smiles your dentist will give you an oral examination and take some X-rays or photographs. He’ll also discuss what results you can expect, the likely time-scale, and any possible problems you could encounter during the experience. You’ll be given a chance to ask questions and also discuss costs.

How it works

A custom set of tooth coloured trays are fabricated in the Six Month Smiles laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Once these are ready your Glasgow dentist will fit them to your teeth and you’ll need to attend regular monthly check-ups for adjustments to be made to the brackets. During the treatment your teeth will be gently eased into position and once they’re in the desired place your braces can be removed and a retainer fitted to ensure that your teeth don’t move back to their original position, undoing all of the hard work that has been done.

If you’d like to find out more about the Six Month Smiles system and whether it is for you, then why not get in touch with Botanics Dental Care by calling 0141 334 3408 and booking an appointment with Dr Colin Gardner. Or fill in the form on our website at for more information. Thanks to clear braces in Glasgow you’ll be able to flash a dazzling smile in no time at all.

How Long Does it Take to Straighten Teeth?

Do you want a better smile? It might not take as long as you think.

New patients who are unhappy with their smiles will often ask us how long braces will take to fix their teeth, and our answer is always: it depends. Orthodontic treatments can take anywhere from several months to a few years, because every case is different.

Why Orthodontic Treatment Duration Differs

Six Month SmilesWhen it comes down to it, the treatment duration depends mostly on how difficult the problem will be to fix. Someone with a severe overbite will need a longer, more complex treatment than a person with only minor malocclusion.

An example of this in action is our Six Month Smiles treatment; it is suitable if the patient already has a good bite, and only needs to correct several problems with their teeth. This treatment fixes crooked, crowded, or spaced teeth, focusing mostly on the ones that are visible when you smile.

Because of this, the treatment itself usually only takes six months, a shockingly fast duration compared to traditional orthodontics. You can get these braces, and have perfectly straight teeth when you come in for your next regular cleaning.

Other Factors that Affect Treatment Duration

There are other things that affect how long it takes to straighten teeth. The orthodontist’s skill and experience play a big role, and so does the patient’s willingness to follow instructions. Dental health is important, and adults tend to have longer treatment durations than children or teenagers.

Our goal at Botanics Dental Care is to match you with the treatment that best suits your unique needs, while giving you great results as fast as possible. We put your needs first, and make sure that the final result is something that you will be thrilled with.

Do you want to find out what orthodontic treatment would suit you best, and how long it will take to complete? Our practice is always willing to answer your questions. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment, and learn how easy it will be to get the smile of your dreams.