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Braces are barely noticeable on this Six Month Smiles patientSix Months Smiles

Complimentary Consultation

Dr. Ochev is a Six Month Smiles® certified dentist. He offers an initial consultation free of charge, to determine if the Six Months Smiles cosmetic braces system is right for you. During your visit, you’ll discuss the issues you have with your teeth and what kind of results you’d like to see. If he decides your situation is suitable for Six Month Smiles, you can get started right away.

What is Six Month Smiles?

Six Month Smiles is a modern twist on tried-and-true orthodontics. There is little debate within the orthodontic community that braces are the most widely used and most effective method to give patients straight, healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.

San Rafael dentist Igor Ochev and Six Month Smiles logos

Here is what makes Six Month Smiles so innovative...

Average treatment times of only six months.

Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok™ clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible.

Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result.

Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast and comfortable.

Low forces and short overall treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene.

Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers.

Close up of Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok clear brackets and tooth-colored wires

Six Month Smiles Lucid-Lok™

Lucid-Lok™ Brackets
Their uniquely clear translucency blends seamlessly with surrounding tooth structure.

Lucid-Lok™ Wires
Tooth-colored shape memory wires are highly active and provide consistent force levels to gently straighten and align teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How can teeth be straightened in only six months?
A: The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely. The key components of the treatment are the use of special nickel titanium wires and a primary focus of moving the teeth that show when you smile.

Q: Six months sounds good, but will I still have a mouth full of metal for the whole time?
A: No! We use tooth-colored braces that are barely visible. The wires are tooth-colored as well. These are nothing like metal braces!

Q: How are Six Month Smiles braces more comfortable than regular braces?
A: Six Month Smiles braces use low force to move teeth more comfortably. Many people think that the accelerated treatment means simply “tightening” regular braces to get the teeth moving, but that is not true. Six Month Smiles utilizes standard orthodontic mechanics, but with an emphasis on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite.

Q: Do Six Month Smiles braces damage the teeth, roots, or gums?
A: There are no more risks of root damage or other issues than those associated with traditional orthodontics. Since the forces used with Six Month Smiles braces are lighter and teeth are seldom extracted, there are actually even fewer risks involved with Six Month Smiles orthodontics.

Q: Will I have to wear a retainer?
A: Yes, as with any teeth-straightening treatment a retainer is necessary to maintain the straighter position of your teeth. If you don’t want to wear a removable retainer, you can have a bonded retainer placed. There are a variety of options that you can choose from according to your personal preference and situation.

Q: What's the catch?
A: There is no catch. If you are an adult (15 years and older) with crooked or spaced teeth and you're not looking for a major alteration to your bite, this could be the solution for you! Most adults ARE candidates for Six Month Smiles.