Can We Straighten Teeth in Six Months?

How long does it take to correct misalignment? In many cases, patients can expect to wear orthodontics for between a year-and-a-half and two years. However, a new treatment option can help patients enjoy a beautiful smile in as little as three to six months. Can we really straighten teeth in six months?

Common Questions About Six Month Smiles

Question: Who qualifies for this treatment?

Answer: We often suggest this procedure for people who have minor alignment issues and are over the age of 15. During a free cosmetic consultation we will carefully examine your teeth and gums. We can then decide if you will benefit from traditional braces or the Six Month Smiles system.

Question: How does Six Month Smiles work?

Answer: The system does employ braces, which means metal brackets will be placed onto the front of the teeth and connected with an arch wire. Using tension, the teeth will be repositioned. However, the brackets are clear and the arch wires are made from tooth-colored wires. The system can provide a practically invisible solution for crooked or crowded teeth.

Question: Will this change how I eat?

Answer: Since you are wearing orthodontics, we recommend avoiding foods that are sticky or hard. These items could become stuck in your braces and difficult to remove. The hard food items may actually damage your orthodontics. We will provide detailed information on foods to avoid when wearing braces.

Question: What are the health benefits of Six Month Smiles?

Answer: Correcting uneven teeth offer a number of potential benefits, including a reduced risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and possibly even bruxism, (teeth grinding/clenching). If you have any questions or concerns, then please contact our office today. We can help you enjoy a more esthetically pleasing smile.


Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry offer expert services including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, Invisalign, root canals, and pediatric dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please call (507) 218-8936. Dr. Gilly Calcagno and Dr. Kara Heimer welcome and serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and the surrounding communities.