(Story Updated 9-20-2017 from June 2017 Print Issue)
By Maureen Werther
Richard L. Dennis, DMD, FAGD, of Saratoga Smiles dental practice on 176 Lake Avenue, Saratoga Springs, began implementing a new orthodontic alignment program less than one year ago, and it is rapidly gaining in popularity.
The treatment program is an adult orthodontic aesthetic treatment that has proven effective in straightening teeth and improving overall appearance. While it shares certain similarities with traditional orthodontic procedures, it is less invasive and it uses tooth-colored wires and resin brackets.
Like traditional orthodontics, patients in the Six Month Smiles program see Dr. Dennis every few weeks to change the wires and gauges. Unlike the Invisalign treatment, which has been around for several years and takes much longer to work, Six Month Smiles is true to its name, usually taking between six to eight months.
The other notable difference between Six Month Smiles and traditional orthodontic or Invisalign treatments is cost.
“This procedure costs about half of traditional orthodontics,” said dental hygienist Rachel Lyons, who has been with the practice for nearly ten years. She added that a typical Six Month Smiles treatment program usually costs about $3,400.00.