Six Month Smiles and Some Orthodontia History

Six Month Smiles

Historically, the options for improving the appearance of the human smile were quite limited for centuries, possibly even for millennia! Extractions, dentures, and/or the filing down of teeth were the only methods available to create the illusion of aligned teeth. Believe it or not, these methods were considered to be “state of the art” at one time! The first modern orthodontia methodology was created around 1900 and was heralded as a brilliant and beneficial innovation. This led to a proliferation of orthodontics, especially after World War II. The mainstream adoption of orthodontics came to be viewed as an aesthetically, and sometimes medically, necessary option for the straightening of teeth.

The current passion for the perfect smile has since grown to epic proportions.

Cosmetic dentistry now represents the largest nonsurgical beauty industry after makeup. This includes the multi­billion-dollar teeth-whitening business, which began in the 1990s with dentists applying peroxide gel directly to the teeth. Dentists soon afterwards incorporated blue LED lights to accelerate the process. Non-dentists joined in, and the technology became available in salons, mall kiosks, grocery stores, and online.

Of course, whiteness on a crooked smile might be compared to lipstick on a pig. Over the past two decades, the number of US and Canadian teenagers in orthodontic treatment has nearly doubled, so that 80 percent are now in an orthodontist’s care, with the recommended average age of a first visit now 7. It was inevitable that the trend would expand to include parents, and finally adults in general. Adults now make up roughly a quarter of all orthodontics patients in the North America! Dental hardware has even come to be included in fashion: Models now wear braces in runway shows and shine on the cover of fashion magazines.

Interestingly, many studies, have found just how popular orthodontics have become.

According to one study from 2012, 38% of Americans would rule out a second date with someone with misaligned teeth, and those with straight teeth are 38% more likely to be perceived as smart. Americans, it was determined prefer a nice smile to clear skin and are willing to go to great lengths to get one, including giving up dessert (39 percent) or vacations (37 percent).

Six Month Smiles

So, all of this brings us to Dr. Adrian Guerra’s preferred method for teeth straightening for adults.

And that would be Six Month Smiles. Here’s why. In this time of instant gratification, we believe you shouldn’t have to wait two years for straight teeth. With Six Month Smiles, you won't have to wait. At Dr. Guerra’s North Palm Beach office, we use these discreet, clear braces with tooth-colored wires. They are barely noticeable. And, the best part is that the average waiting time is only 6 MONTHS!

Straight teeth in 6 Months? You bet!

Six Month Smiles are clear braces that are safe, comfortable, and best of all, provide quick results. Using proven techniques and materials, these braces have been specifically designed for adults with crooked, spaced, or misaligned teeth.

If you have a question or concern regarding Six Month Smiles, feel free to contact Dr. Guerra at 561-844-6146. We’re here to help!


Q: How Expensive Is Six Month Smiles?

A: While the cost is generally less expensive than traditional braces and aligners, it varies depending on each patient’s specific treatment goals.

Q: Will People See Them?

A: Six Month Smiles clear brackets and tooth colored wires are discreet and almost unnoticeable at the surface. No matter the distance, they appear almost invisible to the human eye mid-conversation or just walking by.

Q: What About Dental Insurance?

A: Your dental insurance may cover limited orthodontic treatment, such as Six Month Smiles. Details should be reviewed with your dentist’s office.

Q: Do Six Month Smiles braces hurt?

A: It all depends on your teeth and how much movement will be needed to straighten them. Like all cosmetic treatments (traditional braces and aligners) there may be some soreness or a bit of discomfort, but nothing that a Tylenol would not help with.