If you have spaces between your teeth or your teeth are crowded together, you don’t have to wear braces for two years or cut your teeth as you do with bonding, veneers or crowns. Now you can have a great smile in only six months. Dr. John P. Klooster is a dentist in Belmont who has taken advanced training in orthodontics to provide short-term braces. Using this exciting new orthodontic technique, he can help many patients who otherwise would go through their life embarrassed of their smile. Dr. Klooster says, “The six-month braces technique works great and people are really excited about having the smile they always wanted in only six months. Many patients are so happy that they actually cry when we take off their braces and show them their new smile.” Since many people are self-conscious about wearing braces, Dr. Klooster has incorporated composite tooth-colored brackets. The braces blend into the teeth and greatly decrease their visibility. Generally, all treatment is completed in seven to ten short appointments. Also, the six-month braces technique is surprisingly comfortable since it uses lower forces than traditional braces. Dr. Klooster says, “People usually think that we just ‘tighten’ the braces to aggressively move teeth more quickly, but those high forces would actually slow down tooth movement. The six-month braces technique is a low-force technique that gently and safely moves the teeth to the desired position.” In addition to being faster than traditional braces, the six-month braces technique is also less expensive. Other advantages to using this technique include having your teeth look more natural than with bonding, veneers or crowns, and healthier gums, since straight teeth are easier to clean than crooked teeth. “One of the nicest benefits of the six-month braces technique is the improved self-esteem and self-confidence the patient has with straight teeth and a beautiful smile,” says Dr. Klooster. “They look great and they feel much better about themselves.” To complete their look, patients who start the six-month technique by August 1, 2009, will be offered complimentary teeth-whitening to brighten their new smile. For more information on this new technique, call Belmont Dentistry at (616) 284-3200 or visit www.belmontsmiles.com.