Invisalign, Six Month Smiles, and Traditional Orthodontics

woman smiling with traditional orthodontics from Hemet CA Are you concerned about how crooked or crowded teeth impact your smile and the impressions you make on others?

Dr. Byron L. Carr is a dentist with 30 years of experience providing comprehensive orthodontics for children and adults. As braces have improved and evolved over the years, he has kept pace with the changes, enabling him to provide Hemet and Temecula patients with several options for orthodontic treatment.

Whether you are interested in Invisalign, Six Month Smiles braces, or traditional braces for children and adults, Dr. Carr would love to help you.

Benefits of Straight Teeth Beyond Aesthetics

For most adults, it’s aesthetics that drives their desire to straighten their teeth with orthodontic treatment. What they often don’t consider are the numerous oral health benefits that go hand-in-hand with straight teeth.

Yes, braces will give you a more attractive smile that enhances your confidence and self-esteem, but results go far beyond aesthetic:

  • Easier to brush and floss to help prevent cavities and gum disease
  • Reduce abnormal dental wear and breakage
  • Help you chew and speak properly
  • Reduce the possibility of injury to protruding teeth
  • Correct bite issues that can cause headaches and TMJ pain

Invisalign Clear Braces for Adults and Teens

If you are an adult or older teen who wants straighter teeth without metal braces, Invisalign clear aligners are a great alternative. Several sets of customized clear aligners take the place of metal brackets and wires attached to your teeth and blend discreetly with your smile. And because advances in dental technology have also benefitted orthodontics, modern braces are now smaller, sleeker, and more comfortable than ever.

Straightening your teeth with Invisalign is as easy as wearing each set for 2-3 weeks then switching to the next set. Since your clear aligners are removable, you can brush and floss easily and continue to enjoy your favorite meals without restriction.

A Straighter Smile in Just Six Months

Six Month Smiles braces are a perfect solution for adults who don’t want or need a bite adjustment and are only interested in making cosmetic improvements. By treating only the teeth that show when you smile, we can help you correct alignment issues in as little as six months. Six Month Smiles uses clear brackets and tooth-colored wires on your teeth, so they are discreet.

Traditional Orthodontics for Children and Adults

woman wearing traditional braces from a Temecula dentistIn some cases, the optimal treatment to help adults and children deal with more complex bite issues and misalignment is traditional braces. 

Dr. Carr likes to see children for an orthodontic evaluation around age six or seven when the final permanent molars arrive. While all kids should have this evaluation, not all of them need braces. In fact, early orthodontic intervention with retainers, space maintainers, and palatal expanders often do away with the need for braces in the future.

Adults who have alignment or bite issues too complex for Invisalign to address can also benefit from traditional braces.  

Orthodontic Treatment Times

We can’t say how long your treatment might last until Dr. Carr performs a thorough orthodontic evaluation to understand your unique needs. Generally speaking, treatment times for Invisalign and traditional orthodontics are about the same at 12-24 months or longer. As the name implies, Six Month Smiles treatment can take from 4-9 months, with six being the average.

Do You or Your Family Need Orthodontic Treatment?

If you are a patient at our Hemet or Temecula dental offices, you’ll appreciate that you don’t have to go to a specialist for orthodontic treatment. With Dr. Carr’s extensive training and experience, he can provide all the treatment and follow-up care you or your children need in our comfortable and friendly dental locations.