Cosmetic orthodontics is a term used to orthodontically straighten the teeth, which is being done now with a much quicker procedure to benefit the cosmetic part and not necessarily the functional part, says Dr. Mitch Conditt, a cosmetic and restorative dentist in Fort Worth, Texas.
Cosmetic orthodontics can be as simple as trays or aligners, which are clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth to slowly shape the teeth into the alignment one is looking for, Dr. Conditt says.
The newest procedure is called the six month smile, which is a tooth-colored braces that goes over the teeth to put the teeth where one wants and worn for six months. Because it's for cosmetic reasons, when it gets to the point where one feels it looks good, they're finished.
Depending on the result one is looking for, Dr. Conditt recommends visiting with a dentist to look at the options. There are some things the clear aligners can't accomplish or take longer to do so, so if one is comfortable with tooth-colored braces for a short time, Dr. Conditt says they can accomplish almost anything. There are situations, however, where the clear aligners can accomplish a lot in a short time.
The six month smile was created for older adults who may have worn braces as a child and their teeth may have shifted or they just have a few things to correct. Dr. Conditt says there is "no age limit on when you want to look good."
Dr. Mitch Conditt is a dentist in Fort Worth, Texas and a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep breathing disorder video content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.