Fastbraces are an orthodontic treatment that increases the speed at which braces align your teeth. This is a huge selling point for people who would rather live with misaligned teeth than go through a year or two of traditional braces.
If you are looking to achieve a straight, brilliant smile in a relatively short amount of time, you should explore fastbraces as an option.
Why fastbraces work faster than regular braces
Regular braces first move the crown while leaving the tooth root in its original position. It takes a second phase of targeted pressure to reposition the root and match its alignment to that of its crown. Now, because the jaw and tooth root are elastic (to a degree), the root will always try to get back to its original position.
This is why a patient needs to wear a retainer even when their braces come off. The retainer ‘retains’ the teeth in their new position, allowing the jaw and roots to get used to their new normal.
Like traditional braces, fastbraces work by applying constant pressure that gradually repositions the teeth. However, instead of moving the crowns first and the roots later, this inspired innovation moves the entire tooth structure at the same time. This is how fast braces do the work of traditional braces at nearly twice the speed.
How fast braces work
Fast braces have triangular brackets with elbow-shaped corners. They have a single square wire running through each set of brackets. This is in contrast to the complex system of wires and rubber bands of traditional braces.
The brackets in fastbraces have raised slots that allow the dentist to reposition the wire that runs through them. The ability of the wire to sit on different positions on the same tooth means that the dentist can apply pressure to the crown and the root at the same time.
Benefits of fast braces
This article has already gone over the biggest selling point of fast braces: Reduced treatment time. The good news is that fastbraces have several more upsides:
- The brackets are small and unobtrusive; they do not draw attention to themselves
- Because the braces are compact, they are comfortable and sit in the mouth without causing soreness
- They do not change a person’s bite, meaning that the patient will not need an adjustment period
- Tooth extraction is rarely necessary with fast braces
- Because fastbraces come off quickly, the patient is at a lower risk of developing the kind of tooth decay associated with braces
- Once the teeth align, the patient will only need to wear a retainer for a few minutes each day
The reduction in retainer time is thanks to the way that fastbraces stimulate the growth of alveolar bone as the teeth realign from root to crown.
Some orthodontists will supplement their patients’ treatment plans with therapeutic measures to stimulate the reshaping and regrowth of bone. They use both phototherapy and subsonic waves to stimulate the cells that absorb and deposit bone tissue. So as the tooth roots change positions, the shape of the jaw changes as well.
We can help you find out if you are a candidate for fastbraces
An experienced orthodontist always crafts a custom treatment plan that suits each patient’s individual needs. Contact a dentist to set up a consultation and find out the best way to get your dream smile.
Once the dentist examines you, they will recommend a course of treatment that fits your diagnosis and lifestyle. If you are a candidate for fastbraces, the dentist will walk with you through every step of the process.