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Custom Six Month Smiles Treatment Alternative to Metal Braces

Terri came to Appletree after she had seen a consultant orthodontist who offered to straighten her teeth with metal braces. He had suggested this treatment could take up to two and a half years.

Terri’s teeth before six Month Smiles

Dr Murphy discussed this and other options with Terri who was clear on two things: she didn’t want to accept things as they were and she couldn’t put up with metal braces for so long.

Terri’s teeth before six Month Smiles from below

“Is there anything more cosmetic and faster than train tracks?”

Terri’s front teeth before six Month Smiles

Dr Murphy went through other clear braces options. This case was too complex and the crowding too severe, to consider aligners like Inman or Invisalign.

He proposed adapting Six Month Smiles type braces with clear brackets and tooth coloured wires to suit Terri’s requirements.

Custom Clear Braces Work

The process involved placing each bracket by hand. Six Month Smiles involves sending impressions to a laboratory and asking a technician to make gum shields with cosmetic brackets inside.

Instead Dr Murphy placed the brackets directly himself in the ideal position to generate quick and accurate movement of front teeth.

Dr Murphy placed the brackets himself

By polishing in between teeth and expanding upper and lower arches slightly the crowding was slowly alleviated.

He predicted initially that treatment time would be up to one year although ultimately it took 13 months. There were challenges relating to night time tooth grinding and occasional brackets coming off.

Both a bonded wire retainer and removable plastic retainer were required

Due to the level of difficulty in the upper jaw, it was agreed that both a bonded wire retainer and a removable plastic retainer would be preferred.

Terri was 100% happy with the final outcome.

Terri was very pleased with her new straighter smile

“It’s turned out better than I had expected. There were a few extra visits but Brendan always made out like it was no trouble, even when it clearly was!”

Terri paid £2935 for cosmetic orthodontics, tooth whitening, two removable retainers and one bonded retainer. This included a free consultation as well as photos and impressions and £30 for X-rays.

An identical Six Month Smiles package would be £2680 and take on average half the time.

Brendan Murphy

A highly-respected cosmetic dentist in Glasgow, Dr Brendan Murphy is a graduate of dentistry from Glasgow University, he has worked with dental patients in the city for more than 20 years. He has a particular interest in dental implantology as well as considerable experience in many kinds of cosmetic dentistry. However, regardless of the treatment services required, Dr Murphy is, first and foremost, motivated to deliver the results his patients want and need.