New Adult Braces Technology Gentle on the Wallet and Time Commitment

Braces aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact according to the American Association of Orthodontics the number of adult patients getting braces jumped almost 34 percent from 1996 to 2006. For the past two decades innovations in cosmetic braces has been increasing that number even more. Today one out of every five orthodontic patients is an adult (18 years or older).

Now thanks to a Short Term Orthodontics procedure called “Six Months Smiles™” adults can get a new smile in the time it takes to return for their next cleaning appointment. Reduced time commitment using a “low force” process to move teeth makes Six Month Smiles™ a desirable option —  comfort-wise and cost-wise.

How does it work?
Six Months Smiles™ uses a system of special tooth-colored nickel titanium wires and braces, which are virtually undetectable, even up close. The goal of the procedure is to gently and safely move the teeth that show when you smile. Since the purpose isn’t to make a major change to your bite or to straighten the teeth from the roots the entire process is expedited. A majority of patients get the results they desire in an average of just six months.

How is it different?
Rochester, N.Y. dentist Ryan Swain, D.M.D., created the technology for Six Month Smiles™ nearly two decades ago. The procedure puts a modern spin on the traditional mechanics of orthodontics by placing an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than trying to change your bite. In doing so the entire process of moving the teeth is accelerated with a more predictable, successful result.

The biggest difference between Six Months Smiles™ and traditional orthodontics is that Six Months Smiles™ is a short term cosmetic process and is not a replacement for comprehensive orthodontics when a major change in bite or root angulation (angle formed by the intersection of the tooth root and the long axes of the crown) is needed. However, like traditional orthodontics a variety of alignment problems can be addressed by using this procedure, including issues related to crowding, gaps between teeth and crooked teeth. However, unlike traditional orthodontics this procedure uses low force to move teeth and braces are lighter.

Another plus is the cost. Typically Six Month Smiles™ is less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers. “Adults often opt for straightening their teeth to improve their appearance. Six Months Smiles™ can do that effectively by greatly improving the symmetry of a patient’s smile,” says Patricia E. Higgins, D.D.S. “Getting that smile they’ve always wanted in less time and money is a great value for adult patients,” she adds.

Do you need to go to an orthodontist?
Six Month Smiles™ is available from dentists who have been specially trained. The entire process can be managed at one practice so you do not have to go from one dental professional to another to complete your procedure. Most adults are candidates for Six Month Smiles™ so you can be sporting a new smile by early spring 2010, making 2010 indeed a happy new year. To learn more about Six Month Smiles™ call (410) 479-3644 in Maryland or (800) 617-3644 (Delaware) or visit

Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins opened in February 1986 and offers the convenience of comprehensive care for adult patients. They provide routine dental check-ups and cleanings as well as cosmetic enhancements to improve the appearance of crooked, chipped, unevenly spaced, or stained teeth. Since 2001 Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins has also provided sedation dentistry for the fearful patient or for those patients who wish to combine multiple procedures in fewer appointments.

Services include:
•    Six Month Smiles™
•    Sedation Dentistry
•    Invisalign (invisible braces)
•    ZOOM! 2™ and in-office whitening/bleaching
•    Implants
•    Single-visit crowns
•    Veneers
•    Laminates
•    Bonding

Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins is now accepting new adult patients. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins at (800) 617-3644 (Delaware) or (410) 479-3644.