May 17, 2017

Dr. Ryan Swain, Founder of Six Month Smiles, Discusses This Option to 2-4 Years of Ortho

Video Runtime - 6 minutes, 32 seconds

Dr. Mike Milligan interviews Dr. Ryan Swain after he taught a class to dentists and their staffs in Chicago.













6 participants of the class give their impressions of what they learned, and their feelings about how easy it is to implement this in their practices.

Run Time: 4 minutes, 1 second


Six Month Smiles is a great alternative for people age 15 and over who want or would benefit from straighter teeth, but don’t want to do the full 2-4 years of orthodontic treatment. Hear Dr. Ryan Swain discuss the history, indications, contraindications, and the benefits of Six Month Smiles.

Run Time: 12 minutes, 47 seconds


See the Six Month Smiles Video for 2 Day On Hands Training delivered in a city near you.

Run Time: 3 minutes, 40 seconds


Dr. Ryan Swain compares the differences and similarities between aligners and Six Month Similes.

Run Time: 3 minutes, 23 seconds


UPDATE: On July 9th, 2010 Dr. Mike Milligan took the Six Month Smile course in Chicago, IL and followed up with the three videos below for our members. Dr. Milligan interviewed Dr. Mike Barr, the presenter of the course, and also interviewed 2 students.

Run Time: 7 minutes, 33 seconds



Run Time: 1 minute, 11 seconds


Run Time: 1 minute, 31 seconds


Short Term Orthodontics Treatment

Dr. Ryan Swain: Like most general dentists when I came out of dental school, I knew little or nothing about orthodontics. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2002. I always had an interest in ortho, and thought about going back into ortho residency. I found a dentist from Boston who was doing some short term ortho procedure, treating adults in an average time of 6 months. I learned how to do it watching someone else’s dentist. 6 months is pretty quick. This is what makes it attractive to the patient. That’s what we’ve done with 6 Month Smiles. We teach courses on it and have developed it into a system for general dentists. We use tooth colored wires and braces. They are pretty much invisible. It’s specifically to address the needs of those adult patients who aren’t interested in traditional orthodontics.

Six Month Smiles Not a Replacement Traditional Orthodontics, It’s an Alternative

Dr. Ryan Swain “Traditional orthodontic treatment is the ideal treatment in most cases and that’s what we would recommend for most adult and children who have crooked teeth. An adult says I don’t want to do that and I don’t want to do it for 2 years. At 6 Months Smiles we use brackets and wires because they are more efficient and faster and ultimately we are focusing on the patients chief cosmetic complaints. It’s not a replacement for traditional ortho it’s an alternative for those who don’t want it. Mostly cases are bracketed from first molar to first molar, upper and lower arches, so we are moving most of the teeth in the mouth. If pre-molars are rotated or twisted, if there is spacing in the posterior, it’s not just anterior movement. Essentially what we are doing is about 90% of what is accomplished with traditional orthodontics and we are letting go of that 10% that takes a long time to do.”


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Six Month Smiles
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