Many offices are offering ‘Six Month Smiles’ and other products as a quick fix to your crooked teeth. Here’s what you need to know before you sign up
- Six Month Smiles is nothing more than six months of traditional braces repackaged and marketed to the general public
- Most of these products may improve the alignment of your teeth but they won’t fix your bite. In some cases, your bite may get worse
- The cost for these quick fix treatments is usually more than the price you’d pay to see a specialist orthodontist for limited treatment in the same amount of time
The results of good marketing and nothing more
Direct to consumer marketing is a powerful tool in almost every industry. Recently, many companies have started to target the dental field with products like Six Month Smiles, FastBraces and other ‘quick fix’ treatments to align your teeth. The simple truth is that these products are just traditional braces repackaged, overpriced, and offered after someone took a weekend course to become proficient. The most surprising fact of all is that the cost for these options is often well above what you would pay to see a specialist orthodontist for better, more customized treatment in the same amount of time.
“These products focus only on lining up your teeth, sometimes at the expense of a comfortable or functional bite”
You get a safer deal with an orthodontist
A quick Google search reveals that Six Month Smiles can set you back about $4,500. I can’t speak for all orthodontists but I can tell you that limited treatment to align your teeth for six months in my office will cost you far less than $4,500. One other big factor to keep in mind is that most of these products focus only on lining up your teeth, sometimes at the expense of a comfortable or functional bite.
Orthodontics is a significant but worthwhile investment. Before deciding who to go with and what treatment to choose, be sure to do your homework. And don’t hesitate to get several consultations until you find what’s right for you. If someone is trying to sell you on a specific product as opposed to a well thought out treatment plan, you’re probably overpaying for an inadequate result.