Six Month Smiles® in Midlothian, VA

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A lot of individuals with skewed, uneven, or spaced teeth would like to have a more aligned smile, but don't like the thought of sporting conventional metal braces for up to 24 months. At Sycamore Family Dentistry, Dentist Dr. Jacob Sheppard provides Six Month Smiles, an innovative treatment choice using clear braces or translucent aligning trays to allow individuals to achieve the straighter smile they want in as little as half a year. This innovative teeth straightening treatment isn't only faster and just as functional, it is more discreet and more comfortable compared to typical appliances. If you'd like to hear more info about Six Month Smiles, get in touch with our Midlothian, VA facility now to arrange a visit.

You may be a good candidate for Six Month Smiles if you are at least 16 years old and have overcrowding, gaps between teeth, or slightly crooked teeth. The combination of clear removable aligners and clear brackets and wires is excellent for patients looking for a discreet teeth straightening method that achieves results faster than conventional metal braces. It's very important to remember that Six Month Smiles just addresses the front teeth (called the social teeth) on the upper and lower rows, so if you're experiencing more complicated problems (such as bite misalignment), traditional braces or other methods will be more appropriate. To find out if Six Month Smiles is the right choice to help you achieve a straighter, more beautiful smile, contact Sycamore Family Dentistry today to schedule a consultation.

If you have concerns with your smile that you wish to correct but do not want or need the lengthy treatment traditional braces offer, you may be interested in the following benefits that Six Month Smiles can offer, some of which include:

  • Cost- and time-effective procedure option
  • Subtle way to adjust your smile's alignment
  • Addresses only teeth that need it, rather than involving your whole mouth
  • Gives you a smile you can be proud of in a short amount of time

The invisible aligners work best for mild crowding and gaps in your teeth while the clear braces are used for teeth that require more movement. If we determine you are a good candidate for Six Month Smiles, we will get dental impressions and digital x-rays of your teeth for your custom clear braces or invisible aligners. Once the tooth-colored wires and bonding trays or removable aligners arrive, we will ask you to return to have your orthodontic appliance placed. In addition, Six Month Smiles requires fewer office visits, about one every four weeks, so you save time and money.

After orthodontics are removed, patients will generally be given a retainer to wear that will prevent the teeth from shifting back to their original position. Depending on the patient's lifestyle and needs, a retainer can be attached to the back of the teeth or made as a removable mouthpiece. Patients should continue a good home oral care routine, including brushing and flossing, and visit Sycamore Family Dentistry for professional cleanings and dental exams.

My wife and I have been coming to Sycamore for many, many years. They all have been very professional, caring, and just good people. Our experience with them has always been exceptional. If you need a dentist, this is the place.

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Everyone at Sycamore Family Dentistry, from the front desk to the dentist, are so welcoming and comforting. I had an emergency and they were able to fit me in. Due to caring atmosphere, I am changing my Dentist office to Sycamore Family Dentistry.

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We love Sycamore Family Dentistry! The staff is helpful and kind! It is a small town feel and they feel like family.

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Great Great office and the staff is the very best. Most of us fear the dentist but this staff will take great care of you

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Dr Sheppard’s staff is friendly and efficient. I would recommend this staff to anyone needing dental assistance

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Thanks to advancements in dental technology, you no longer have to wear metal braces and go through a two-year process to fix teeth that are crooked and crowded. Six Month Smiles at our Midlothian, VA office offers a quicker, more comfortable alternative. Contact Sycamore Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheppard or Dr. Jessup.

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How fast do Six Month Smiles clear braces or aligners really work?
Typically, Six Month Smiles treatments are as advertised. They are effective for dental issues that require straightening, including teeth that are crooked, misaligned, gapped, and more in as little as six months. Some patients may only require five months, while others may need to wear their tooth-colored braces or clear aligners for up to a year. While this may sound like a long time, it is still shorter than the 18 months to two years for traditional braces.
Do Six Month Smiles aligners or clear braces hurt?
No, most patients do not find that Six Month Smiles aligners or clear braces are painful or uncomfortable. Because they are low-impact treatments that focus on moving the tooth and root together, either option is generally more comfortable than traditional braces.
Will I have to wear a retainer after my time with Six Month Smiles?
Yes. To prevent your teeth from shifting and affecting your results from the initial six-month treatment, Dr. Sheppard or Dr. Jessup will fit you with a retainer. Your retainer may be removable or fixed to your teeth, depending on your alignment needs.
How is Six Month Smiles different from traditional braces?

Traditional braces use noticeable metal wires, bands, and brackets and often take between 18 and 24 months to achieve their desired results. Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and white wires or clear aligners, so your treatment is hardly noticeable. Since this treatment focuses primarily on the teeth that are visible when you smile, Six Month Smile can help you achieve the smile you desire much faster.

Is this treatment more comfortable than traditional braces?

Traditional braces focus on your entire mouth and move all of your teeth. Since Six Month Smile concentrates primarily on the teeth that are visible when you smile, we can move these teeth with gentle pressure, resulting in a much more comfortable experience.

Will I need to adjust my diet with this treatment?

There may need to be some adjustments to the foods you eat due to your treatment. If a bracket and wire system is used, you will need to refrain from hard or ‘gummy’ foods. Some examples include:

  • Bubblegum
  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Carmel candies
  • Nuts
  • Popcorn
  • Croutons
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.