Associates of Dental Arts
Dr. Gregory Kivett

Six Month Smiles

Crooked teeth mar what would otherwise be a beautiful smile. Unfortunately, many adults don’t even consider fixing crooked or misaligned teeth, thinking that the only way to do so is with years of unattractive metal braces.

Joplin dentist Dr. Gregory Kivett, Jr. is skilled in a new way of straightening teeth quickly, comfortably, and almost invisibly. The method is called Six Month Smiles. On average, most smiles take about six months for full treatment. A more complex case may require slightly longer, but a simple case could complete treatment in just four or five months.

What Is the Six Month Smiles Method?

An innovative new way of treating crooked teeth in adults, Six Month Smiles uses clear plastic brackets to exert gentle force, which easily and comfortably moves your teeth into their correct positions. Because this treatment does not involve the back teeth, it takes a relatively short amount of time when compared to traditional orthodontic treatments.

The clear plastic brackets allow you to feel attractive and confident as well as maintain a mature and professional appearance while you are undergoing treatment since most people will be unable to tell that you are wearing braces unless they get up close.

Should I Correct My Crooked Teeth?

Sometimes, patients wonder if crooked teeth are really worth correcting. Our answer?


Aside from the aesthetic concerns that some people may have about crooked teeth, teeth that are misaligned, twisted, or overlap present a significant oral health concern. Because the human body is so intricately connected, poor health in one part of your body affects the health of the rest of your body.

Crooked or misaligned teeth make it difficult to brush your teeth properly. Your toothbrush can’t reach all the surfaces it needs to, allowing plaque to build up and harden into tartar. This buildup of plaque and tartar directly contributes to the formation of cavities.

Crowded teeth pose a challenge when it comes to proper flossing. In additional to increasing your risk for cavities, this also increases the likelihood that you will develop gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a progressive condition that causes infection in the gum tissue and deterioration of the bone beneath your gums. Eventually, you may lose teeth or develop an infection that spreads throughout your system. Gum disease has also been linked to serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and respiratory disease.

Crooked teeth increase the pressure and force exerted on some of your teeth in ways they weren’t intended to handle. Over time, you could develop erosion of your tooth surfaces, jaw pain, and chipped or fractured teeth.

Getting Started with Six Month Smiles

With the Six Month Smiles technique, we can prevent these problems from developing or put a stop to them before they get any worse. To find out ifSix Month Smiles is right for you, call our Joplin, MO dental office today and request an examination and consultation with Dr. Kivett. After examining your teeth and reviewing your medical and dental history, Dr. Kivett will make a recommendation as to whether Six Month Smiles can help you.

Learn more about Six Month Smiles here.

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Traditional Braces

Traditional Orthodontics

Functional Orthodontics