Social 6 braces are a speedy alternative to conventional upper and lower full orthodontic treatment. Instead of treatment taking 18 months to 2 years, Social 6 cases are finished in around 3-6 months.
What is common to all Social 6 treatments?
Length of treatment
Every patient is different but in general Social 6 orthodontic treatments take about 12 weeks, with short appointments every 3 weeks. More involved cases can take up to 6 months. If both arches are being aligned then upper and lower treatment would normally run at the same time.
Interproximal reduction (IPR)
Depending on the initial position of the teeth, some crowded arches require extra space for aligning the teeth. Instead of taking a tooth out, the space is gained by simply smoothing a fraction of a millimetre off the sides of where the crowded teeth touch. This does not cause any long term harm to the teeth because we only take off a very small amount in the place where the enamel is at its thickest.
It normally takes about a week to become acclimatised to wearing a brace. Sometimes it is necessary to take a pain-killer for the first few days as the teeth can initially become quite tender. Wearing a brace often cause excess saliva production for the first few days and affects speech for up to 1 - 2 weeks.
Like conventional braces, it is important to wear a retainer following treatment to stop the teeth from moving back to their original position. Retainers are normally a combination of a fixed retainer (a small section of wire bonded onto the back of the teeth) and a thin, clear removable retainer. Removable retainers are initially worn for 2- 10 weeks full time and then just at nights. The retainers and 3-monthly supervision of retention appointments for one year are included in the cost of the Social 6 treatment.