Did you know that traditional braces can take up to three years to fully correct malocclusion in adult mouths? While wire-and-bracket options are ideal for teenagers, this method of bite correction is often cumbersome and lengthy once jawbone has hardened. This factor alone steers some adult patients away from orthodontics. But what if there was a short-term orthodontic solution that could straighten your smile in a fraction of the time?
Mission Viejo orthodontist Dr. E.M. Makhoul offers two short-term ortho systems:
- Invisalign® - using a series of progressive aligners, Invisalign gently straightens teeth over the course of six to 18 months. Because aligners are clear and removable, this alternative to braces enjoys several benefits over fixed orthodontia including no dietary restrictions and no interference with your daily oral hygiene routine
- Six Month Smiles® - these tooth-colored braces are placed only on those teeth visible when you smile, allowing for a shorter treatment period without compromising aesthetics. Many patients are able to achieve ideal results in six months or less, though some may need up to nine months for the best results possible
While both of these options can shorten the duration of orthodontic treatment, they are designed to address different issues. Invisalign is for moderate to severe malocclusion and is designed to correct bite issues that may be impacting the proper function of your teeth. Six Month Smiles primarily addresses cosmetic malocclusion and, while this short-term orthodontic option can improve bite and function, it may not be a good fit for patients with more pronounced issues.
Why Choose Dr. Makhoul
Dr. Makhoul is an award-winning dentist with over three decades of experience. Committed to providing each patient with personal attention and individualized treatments, our board-certified Orange County family dentist welcomes an opportunity to assess your smile and help you determine which short-term ortho system will best meet your needs. And remember, Invisalign consultations at our Mission Viejo office are free through June of 2017. Call us now at 949-596-0296 to schedule yours.
If you are considering braces in Orange County, please contact Makhoul Dentistry today. Located in Mission Viejo, our experienced orthodontists serves families living in communities throughout and surrounding the Saddleback Valley area.