Six Month Smiles – Efficient And Effective Teeth Straightening

Improving the smile of our Wickford patients with modern orthodontic treatments

A beautiful smile using orthodontic treatment.Although the pandemic with its various lockdowns and restrictions has been hard on most of us; for some, there may also be a consolation prize in the form of money saved through not taking holidays abroad or eating out etc. This presents a great opportunity for some to invest in a new and improved smile by treating yourself to that cosmetic dental treatment that you have long desired.

Those who have not been so fortunate financially can also take advantage of the various payment plans that we have available at the Cygnet Dental Practice so that you don’t miss out on this opportunity.

For anyone who hasn’t read our previous blogs and is thinking that they would like to do something about their crooked teeth, but don’t want to wear unsightly braces, this blog will hopefully be useful for you. We offer our patients a number of discreet orthodontic treatments  that allow you to have your teeth straightened in a less conspicuous way than with conventional braces. Perhaps the most well known of these modern orthodontic treatments is Invisalign which we have discussed fairly recently. In today’s blog though, we are going to take a look at another popular tooth straightening system, namely Six Month Smiles.

What is the Six Month Smiles system?

Like all orthodontics, the Six Month Smiles system works by exerting gentle pressure on the teeth, ‘coaxing’ them slowly towards their end position. This gradual approach ensures that no damage is done to the teeth or the bone surrounding them. With some teeth straightening issues, treatment can take a number of years to complete. This is often when it is due to a poor bite and when the teeth at the rear and the sides of the mouth need correcting.

For many people, the desire to have their teeth straightened is largely in order to give them the confidence that an attractive smile, with an even set of teeth, brings. This is where the Six Month Smiles system comes into its own. Unlike many other orthodontic methods, this popular system is designed to correct the position of the teeth at the front of the mouth which people see when we smile, and not those at the side and rear of the mouth. These visible front teeth (also known as the ‘social six’) are more easily positioned than those at the rear and the treatment can therefore be completed in a much shorter period of time. Although the name suggests that this always takes six months, this is not the case and is just an indication of an average treatment time. For those with less significantly misaligned teeth, the treatment time can be less.

How discreet is Six Month Smiles?

Although the system does use wires and brackets like traditional braces, the materials that are used are much more discreet, with the wiring being much finer than is the case with metal braces. The wiring is also tooth coloured and the brackets that are used are clear too. This enables our patients to wear these dental braces without the conspicuous dark metal so often associated with traditional orthodontic devices.

Personalised treatment

From the start, this treatment will be custom made just for you. The dentist will ensure that this is the most appropriate solution for you and, where it isn’t, will offer advice as to alternative treatments to give you the best results. They will also make sure that you are monitored during the treatment so that any minor corrections can be made to ensure that the end result is achieved as soon as possible and that there are no other problems along the way.


Almost everyone who has their teeth straightened notices that they become more confident about smiling when they are around other people. As a smile is one of the first things that we notice, this can be a real benefit when it comes to widening our social or work relationships. It is worth mentioning that straighter teeth are also easier to keep clean as food doesn’t become trapped quite as easily.

If you would like to discover how we can help you have a straighter and more even smile, why not arrange to have an initial consultation with one of our Wickford cosmetic dental team? You can do this by calling the Cygnet Dental Practice on 01268 733078.

On a more general dental care note, we are pleased to be able to offer private check ups for new patients. Spaces for these are limited so please contact us on the number above as soon as possible to book yours!