If you’re considering the Six Month Smiles treatment at the Yuba City Dentistry Group, either for yourself or someone in your family, you may be interested in the following case study, provided by Dr. Noel Ananthan.
Dr. Ananthan treated a patient whose primary desire was to achieve a straighter smile. Following a full consultation, Dr. Ananthan determined a traditional approach would work best, which involved a process known as interproximal reduction (IPR). IPR is a slight reduction of specific teeth using a method that removes a small portion of the top layer of the tooth (the enamel).
However, the patient was adamant that she would not undergo IPR under any circumstances. Dr. Ananthan tried to educate the patient that IPR is a very safe and conservative procedure. He also informed the patient that the only alternative would be to extract two teeth; however, the patient insisted and chose the alternative procedure requiring extraction.
Following the extractions, the Six Month Smiles treatment was used in combination with a fundamental orthodontic technique known as anchorage. Dr. Ananthan monitored closely to make sure that the Six Month Smiles arch wire provided proper guidance and assistance, and that the brackets and wires were effective in aligning the teeth.
Both doctor and patient were pleased with the results. The patient was thankful that Six Month Smiles allowed her to achieve the smile she was hoping for in a reduced amount of time. Dr. Ananthan has used this case in teaching students and other dentists that Six Month Smiles uses solid orthodontic principles to achieve good results, even when faced with complications, such as impacted teeth.
We hope this case proves helpful. If you would like to review further case studies highlighting the Six Month Smiles method, please call us at the Yuba City Dentistry Group and we will be happy to provide you with these.