Six Month Smiles, an Alternative to Traditional Braces

At Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey, Michigan, David A. Ellsworth, D.D.S., draws on extensive education and experience to help patients improve their oral health. Among Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey’s extensive range of preventive and treatment options is Six Month Smiles, a safe and affordable cosmetic braces option that fits an active adult lifestyle.

An alternative to traditional metal braces, the Six Month Smiles system involves clear brackets and tooth-colored arch wires. Custom-fabricated trays allow the dentist to position the brackets precisely and effectively, using personal models to calculate the exact tooth movement required to achieve desired results.

After the initial placement, patients return every four or five weeks for adjustments and wire tightening. Because Six Month Smiles utilizes low force movement to reposition teeth, it usually causes less soreness and discomfort than traditional braces. While typical treatment lasts six months, some patients may require as few as four months or as many as nine months.

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Located on West Jefferson Street in Petoskey, Michigan, Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey has a commitment to outstanding, highly skilled, anxiety-free dentistry. Founded in 2007, the company strives to provide patients with a relaxed, enjoyable dental experience by employing state-of-the-art equipment, the client’s choice of music, video goggles, safe and sterile procedures, and a friendly and professional team dedicated to delivering the highest level of care. Harbor Pointe Dental of Petoskey offers restorative services such as root canal therapy, tooth extractions, cosmetic fillings, scaling and root planing, and crowns and bridges, as well as cosmetic procedures including whitening, contouring, dental implants, and SmartMove tooth alignment. The practice uses digital X-ray machines, which provide patients with clearer images and minimized radiation exposure. The company focuses on patient education and makes sure that all individuals receive treatment that is tailored just for them. Harbor Pointe Dental is operated by David Ellsworth, a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in April 2003. Dr. Ellsworth understands the importance of giving back, having experienced the benefits of volunteering directly, and he makes community service a priority. Dr. Ellsworth donates his time to Give Kids a Smile Day, the Migrant Dental Program, and the Donated Dental Services program, as well as making special visits to local schools to provide preventive education to students regarding dental health. Dr. Ellsworth is a practitioner of conscious sedation, an anti-anxiety method that provides comfortable, painless, and stress-free care to patients who dislike visiting the dentist or who have had bad experiences previously. He is also a member of DOCS Education (formerly the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation). Pricing and insurance information for Harbor Pointe Dental can be found on the company website, along with driving directions and a number of educational resources. Appointments may be arranged online at any time at HarborPointeDental.com.

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