Fastbraces are a safe and effective way to straighten misaligned teeth. Better still, this welcome innovation does the job much faster than traditional braces. This sounds like great news for the person who thinks they are too old for braces. The idea that fastbraces can create a straight even smile in a short amount of time almost seems too good to be true.
Fastbraces do work and a few frequently asked questions and their answers can help you to learn more. The FAQs come after a brief introduction.
Fastbraces basics: How they work
Like traditional braces, fastbraces use gentle but constant pressure to move individual teeth into more desirable positions. However, traditional braces move each tooth in two stages. First, they move the crown, which is the visible part of the tooth. Then they move the roots.
With fast braces, both phases happen at the same time. The individual brackets of fastbraces are triangular, with elbow-shaped corners and elevated slots. The single square wire that runs through each slot can occupy different positions within said slot.
This flexibility allows a dentist to adjust the pressure that different brackets exert on individual teeth. As a result, the bracket on each tooth can move the root and crown at the same time. Read on to find out more about fastbraces in Q and A format:
1. Is there a tradeoff between speed and safety with fastbraces?
No. The entire process leaves the structures of the teeth and jaw healthy and intact. Like the introduction explains, fastbraces use gentle but constant pressure to move the teeth. The only difference is that the design of the bracket allows the braces to move the entire tooth in a single phase; saving time.
2. Does the patient still need to wear a retainer after the braces come off?
Yes, but only for a few minutes every day. This is one of the benefits of moving the crown and root of a tooth at the same time. As the tooth root shifts to a new position, the bone that anchors the tooth starts to reshape itself as well. The jaw sheds old bone and builds new bone tissue to accommodate shifting tooth roots.
By the time the teeth assume their final positions, the shape of the jaw already corresponds to the new alignment of the teeth.
3. Are fastbraces a workable option for adults?
Yes, they are, for a number of reasons. For starters, the braces consist of low-profile brackets and a single connecting wire for each dental arch. The braces are hard to spot, especially if a patient opts for clear or ceramic variants. They look nothing like bulky traditional braces.
Second of all, fastbraces only need a limited amount of time to align the teeth. In general, they straighten teeth in half the time it takes regular braces to get the job done.
Lastly, a patient only needs to wear a retainer for a short time each day. That means that once the braces come off, an adult can go to work with straight teeth and zero orthodontic appliances.
4. How long does the treatment take?
It usually takes a few months for fastbraces to straighten moderately misaligned teeth. For severe cases, treatment can take up to a year, which is still half as long as regular braces would need to correct the same issue.
A nice, even smile is within your reach
Get in touch with a dentist to find out what fastbraces can do for you. They will use their years of orthodontic experience to craft a custom treatment plan that will create your dream smile in a matter of months.