Why Choose 6 Month Braces?
Dr. Paula Taracido Explains The 6 Month Braces Treatment

Why Choose 6 Month Braces?

Why Choose 6 Month Braces?
Dr. Paula Taracido Explains The 6 Month Braces Treatment

6 month braces will straighten your teeth in an average of 6 months! They are a modern adaptation of the classic tried and tested orthodontic treatment which has been in use for many years.

We use similar braces which can be either tooth coloured (using a ceramic material) or metal finished depending on patient preference.

The tooth coloured option can be compared to Invisalign braces where clear, removable aligners are used to straighten the teeth.

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Straightening Your Teeth Using 6 Month Braces
Dr. Paul O'Connell Explains The 6 Month Braces Treatment

Straightening Your Teeth Using 6 Month Braces

Straightening Your Teeth Using 6 Month Braces
Dr. Paul O'Connell Explains The 6 Month Braces Treatment

6 month braces allows us to move teeth quickly to get teeth straight in approximately 6 months. Usually, this technique avoids removal of teeth and involves gentle polishing of teeth.

6 month braces is suitable for people aged 16 years and over with mild to moderate crowding or spacing of anterior teeth. 

Extractions are generally unnecessary. Your dentist will discuss this with you during your initial appointment and can talk you through the process in detail.

Cost of 6 Month Braces

Cost of 6 Month Braces

Cost of 6 Month Braces

6 month braces ranges costs €1,540 for one arch or €2,640 for both arches. Ceramic brackets are €100 extra per arch.

We offer different payment plans depending on the orthodontic treatment required. Details of our payment plans for 6 month braces can be found on our pricing page.

We also offer humm as a payment plan option. Please watch the video in this panel for more information.

You will receive a full orthodontic treatment plan once you attend your free consultation.

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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces

6 month braces are made out of either metal or ceramic - depending on your preference.

Metal braces come by default but you are welcome to upgrade to ceramic braces at a cost of €100 extra per arch.

Ceramic braces (or clear braces) act in the very same way as traditional metal braces do. The only difference is that they are made out of a clear, transparent ceramic material.

As ceramic brackets are less visible than other options, they are a very attractive choice for adults who need orthodontic treatment. 

Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Metal Braces

Metal brackets are easier to keep clean, stain resistant and more durable than ceramic braces.

It's important to note that if you are active and play sport, metal braces are the better choice due to their durability.

The material in ceramic braces can chip and crack, so if you play contact sports you may want to consider choosing traditional braces to avoid costly repairs.

Benefits Of 6 Month Braces

Straighter Teeth And A More Confident Smile!

Fixes Issues Such As Gappy Smiles And Misaligned Teeth

Laugh And Smile Again With Confidence!

Discreet And Comfortable

Modified Approach To Traditional Braces

Improve The Cosmetic Appearance Of Your Teeth

More Cost Effective Than Alternative Teeth Straightening Methods

Straighter Teeth In Just 6 Months!

How Do 6 Month Braces Work?

  • Your Initial Consultation
  • Procedure & Maintenance
  • After Care
  • Denise's Smile Transformation
  • Sandra Dolan's Smile Transformation
Your Initial Consultation
Your Initial Consultation

Your Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and let you know if you are suitable for 6 month braces.

He or she will take the time to answer any questions you have to ensure you are confident that you are making the right decision.

6 month braces is a fantastic option for those looking for mild to moderate crowding to be aligned.

Procedure & Maintenance
Procedure & Maintenance

Procedure & Maintenance

Multiple visits are required during the 6 month braces treatment and the entire process usually lasts 6 months.

Appointments are usually every month or so. 

Tooth tenderness when receiving new invisible braces can still occur at times, however, this is normal and will usually fade away after the teeth have begun to move.

6 month braces treatment doesn't require much maintenance to work effectively but do need to be cleaned regularly by brushing.

After Care
After Care

After Care

After your treatment has concluded, your dentist will examine the result, taking care to identify any future potential tooth movement.

All orthodontic procedures require retention at the end of the treatment to stop teeth moving out of their new position. Retention is provided as standard and is both removable and fixed.

Fixed retainers carry a small additional fee.

Denise's Smile Transformation
Denise's Smile Transformation

Denise's Smile Transformation

Denise had fearful memories of the dentist as a child. However, at 3Dental she found the experience to be 'so different'.

Denise went for 6 month braces and then opted for bonding once she was finished. 

Overall the treatment took between 8-9 months. Denise says:

It's definitely changed the way I feel!

Previously, Denise would constantly cover her mouth in photographs and now, she's first to step forward to be in a photograph!

I feel delighted now with them! I'd never show my teeth (previously). And now I can smile!

Sandra Dolan's Smile Transformation
Sandra Dolan's Smile Transformation

Sandra Dolan's Smile Transformation

Sandra was always terrified of going to the dentist, but always wanted a straighter, whiter smile.

Sandra now says that the process of getting 6 month braces was 'so easy, from start to finish'. There was no pain and it just took 6 months from start to finish. 

The best thing I ever did. I went from having the most crooked teeth, to having a perfect straight smile.

Thank you Sandra. It was a pleasure treating you!

What Our Patients Say

€2,400 and 11 months for a set of straight teeth is not a bad deal!

3Dental were extremely time-efficient with everything that they did - and most importantly of all - they were cheap!

Sean Fitz (6 Month Braces)
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I've recommended 3Dental to a lot of my friends and family members.

I found the staff to be extremely friendly, very outgoing, very professional, and it's a very warm environment to be in. Not like your usual dentist experience!

Donna Marie (6 Month Braces)
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What Our Patients Say

I was so much more confident!

I was so much more confident after getting my braces done. It makes such a big difference to your face and your teeth in general. You just feel so much happier and you are more conscious of minding your teeth. They are so worth it!

Louise Collins (6 Month Braces)
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What Our Patients Say

I had 6 month braces, teeth whitening and bonding.

It's (braces and bonding) really massively changed my life. I didn't realise how much more confidence would come with having a straight white smile.

Danielle Farrell (Braces & Bonding)
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What Our Patients Say

Why did I put this off for so long?!

It's definitely changed the way I feel. I feel delighted now with them! I'd never show my teeth (previously). And now I can smile!

Denise (6 Month Braces & Composite Bonding)
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What Our Patients Say

It's the best thing I ever did. I was so delighted!

It's so much easier to smile and talk! The process was so easy. It was 6 months from start to finish. (There was) No pain.

Sandra Dolan (6 Month Braces & Composite Bonding)
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What Our Patients Say

I was so much more confident!

I was so much more confident after getting my braces done. It makes such a big difference to your face and your teeth in general. You just feel so much happier and you are more conscious of minding your teeth. They are so worth it!

Louise Collins (6 Month Braces)
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Commonly Asked Questions

Do 6 Month Braces Really Work?

6 month braces do work and can produce some truly amazing results. With less discomfort and great results within approximately 6 months and highly affordable, having a great smile just got a whole lot easier.

Make sure you check out our testimonials and smile gallery page to see the results for yourself.

You can also find out how and why 6 month braces are so effective in our post 'Do 6 Month Braces Actually Work?'

Do 6 Month Braces Hurt?

Not really. All braces cause some level of discomfort. This is usually felt in the first week after fitting the braces, but most patients report this as minor.

After the first week the teeth settle. When the braces are tightened (usually every month) some minor discomfort is often felt but it’s gone in minutes. Some patients report no pain at all during braces.

Can You Pay Monthly?

Yes, we are happy to discuss payment plans with all patients.

We have set up payment plans where we require a deposit to be paid on fitting the braces and then a monthly payment can be made.

Can You See 6 Month Braces?

Clear braces are very aesthetic and at a distance you won’t really see them. Obviously when teeth are stained by certain foods they can become more obvious, but at 3Dental we are happy to replace stained elastics at each visit.

The only thing you will see is the wire which is metal (but very discreet).

For patients who require their braces to be completely invisible we offer the Invisalign system as well as other types of clear aligners.

Can 6 Month Braces Get Stained?

In a word, yes.

This is the major drawback for clear braces. The actual braces themselves don’t stain up but the elastics we use to attach the wire (which actually moves the teeth) to the brackets (which sit on the teeth) can stain easily with certain types of food and drinks.

Mostly these are foods that you would associate with staining e.g.

  • Curry (Indian)
  • Chinese food
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red Bull
  • Tomato soup
  • Pot Noodles
  • Red wine

Some types of spices cause staining also e.g. turmeric.

Also, as smoking causes severe staining of the brackets and elastics (modules), for this reason we recommend that people who smoke (even only occasionally) should avoid clear braces.

It is worth noting that the dentist or orthodontist will usually replace the elastics every visit (usually every 4-6 weeks), for that reason people with clear braces will usually avoid these staining foods and drinks until just before they return to the clinic.

For patients who choose to have clear braces and eat or drink these foods usually or smoke, additional charges will apply as the elastics will need to be changed more regularly.

Can 6 Month Braces Fix an Overbite?

An overbite is when the top teeth bite over and completely hide the lower teeth.

This is not to be confused with an overjet, where the top teeth protrude well beyond the bottom teeth.

Sometimes both happen together.

Clear braces have the same application and action as more traditional metal braces, so yes clear braces can fix an overbite though usually in conjunction with a removable orthodontic functional appliance to open the bite.

In some adults we can avoid the need for a removable appliance initially by placing little build ups on the back of the front upper teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist can explain all this on your free consultation.

What Are 6 Month Braces Made Of?

Mostly, 6 month braces are made of ceramic and resin.

Ceramic and resin braces look much more pleasing and are pretty much invisible.

They are less likely to break and tend to stain less. These are the brackets we use most often in 3Dental.

Can You Get 6 Month Braces on the Bottom?

Yes you can. You can use clear braces wherever you would use metal braces.

Where bites are very tight we occasionally will recommend metal braces on the lower (as they are smaller and less likely to break off).

Your dentist or orthodontist will be happy to discuss this with you.

Can 6 Month Braces Help Fix An Open Bite?

Yes. 6 month braces can address mild open bites and mild over bites.

6 month braces can also be beneficial for addressing other common orthodontic concerns, including:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Spacing issues
  • Crooked or misaligned teeth
  • Aesthetic concerns

We can not treat all orthodontic cases with 6 month braces, and complex bite issues or severe misalignments may require more comprehensive orthodontic treatment options.

It's best to consult your dentist to evaluate your needs and determine the most suitable treatment plan.

Is 6 month braces available near me?

Yes! We provide six month braces in each of our three clinics - Dublin, Limerick and Galway.

Book your free consultation today! We look forward to welcoming you in person soon :)

6 month braces vs Invisalign: which is better?

6 month braces and Invisalign differ in various ways:
  • 6 month braces are faster than traditional or Invisalign.
  • 6 month braces are cheaper than Invisalign. Invisalign costs more due to its technology, customisation, and comfort.
  • 6 month braces are great for moderate crowding, spacing, or misalignment. Invisalign is better for mild to severe overcrowding, spacing, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
  • 6 month braces, unlike Invisalign aligners, usually ensure continuous improvement. You have to wear Invisalign aligners for 22 hours a day for continuous improvement. This can be challenging.
  • 6 month braces have wires and brackets, unlike Invisalign aligners.
  • 6 month braces may cause mild discomfort as teeth align.
  • Invisalign is easier to clean than 6 month braces. This is because Invisalign aligners are removable for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
Your personal treatment plan, preferences, budget, and dentist advice determine the best choice.

Are retainers used with 6 month braces?

Yes, retainers are an important part of the process.
After your treatment is over, you will need retainers to keep your teeth in the new position. They keep teeth from shifting, support bone and tissues, and help people need them less.
It is very important to follow your orthodontist's directions about how to wear, clean, and take care of your retainer.
If you use your retainers correctly, they will help you keep the benefits of your 6 Month Braces treatment and make sure your teeth stay straight.

Do I need 6 month braces on the back of my teeth?

"Back of teeth braces" usually refers to lingual braces, which are put on the back of the teeth facing the tongue. We put 6 month braces on the front of your teeth.

How well do 6 month braces treat the bottom teeth?

6 Month Braces can effectively treat many bottom teeth issues. The braces fix misalignments and improve the look of the upper and lower front teeth.
How well 6 Month Braces for bottom teeth work depends on the problems with your teeth and how far out of place your teeth are. In some cases 6 month braces may not be enough for more complicated or major misalignments. Talking to your doctor will help you figure out if 6 Month Braces are the best way to straighten your bottom teeth.

Can 6 month braces straighten one tooth?

Yes! 6 month braces can straighten one tooth. 6 month braces correct front tooth misalignments and individual teeth.
They gradually shift one tooth that is crooked, projecting, or out of alignment.
Your dentist will make adjustments to guide the tooth during treatment.

Can 6 month braces help if I have missing teeth?

6 Month Braces correct misalignments and straighten existing teeth. They are not usually suitable for people with missing teeth.
Missing teeth need a different approach to correct and replace them. This may involve braces, aligners, and restorative dentistry such dental implants or bridges.

Should I try home teeth straightening instead of 6 month braces?

We strongly recommend visiting a dentist for teeth straightening.

  • Professional Assessment: Dentists give expert assessments and create a personalized treatment plan.
  • Ongoing Advice: Dentists advise you through treatment. They will track your progress, make adjustments, and ensure therapy goes as intended.
  • Advanced Technology: Dentists use cutting-edge science to straighten teeth quickly and accurately.
  • Long-Term Results: teeth straightening by a dentist can produce long-term, stable, and pleasing results for you.

Natural or DIY teeth straightening might be dangerous or unsuccessful. A dentist can straighten your teeth with knowledge, tailored attention, and comprehensive treatment.

Are 6 month braces always 6 months?

"6 month braces" are a short-term orthodontic treatment that corrects cosmetic alignment concerns. Note that treatment duration varies by case.

6 month braces may deliver results on time. Complex cases or biting difficulties may need tratment lasting longer than 6 months. 

Your dentist will determine the precise length of your treatment. 

Can 6 month braces be taken off or do they have to stay on for 6 months?

The best thing to do is to think of 6 month braces as fixed.

You can take them off like any other braces, but if you do this you may not get the results you want. 

What progress can be expected after 1 month and 2 months?

You will typically notice some changes after 1 and 2 months of treatment.

It's important to note that individual responses to orthodontic treatment can vary.

Progress may differ depending on the complexity of the case and patient compliance with treatment recommendations. 

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