If you are considering straightening your teeth but are still hesitant to wear a mouthful of metal for two years, we understand your concern — and we’ve also got good news for you. Fastbraces in Nashville are a speedy alternative to conventional orthodontics, and you can find the treatment from Dr. David Dickerson, DDS. So, how do the two treatments compare? Let’s take a closer look at traditional braces vs. Fastbraces.
Comparing Traditional Braces vs. Fastbraces
Traditional braces gradually reposition the alignment of teeth starting with the visible portion of the tooth. After the crown (the part you see) has moved, the tooth’s root moves into the new position. Even for mildly misaligned teeth, it is a slow, almost painstaking process — the average treatment with traditional braces lasts about 18 months. More severe misalignments may require two years or more to treat. Because traditional braces require patients limit their diets and make it more difficult to properly brush and floss the teeth, the time spent wearing braces can take a real toll on quality of life as well as dental health.
Fastbraces works by moving the tooth’s root and its crown at the same time. How? By using triangular brackets instead of square ones, for starters. The unique Fastbraces design allows the brackets and wires to place simultaneous force on the crowns and roots of the teeth. With pressure put on the space between, too, movement with the Fastbraces treatment occurs much more quickly than is possible with traditional braces.
Here’s the best part, and the reason Fastbraces earned their name. For eligible candidates, the average treatment time is just 20 weeks — far less than that of conventional braces. That means any restrictions on diet or difficulty maintaining proper dental hygiene as a result of the brackets and wires are kept to an absolute minimum.
Are You a Good Candidate for Fastbraces?
Many people who could benefit from orthodontic treatment are eligible for Fastbraces, but not every case of misaligned teeth is treatable with the accelerated orthodontic option. To find out for sure, schedule an appointment with Dr. Dickerson. In general, patients dealing with the following issues can have their teeth treated with Fastbraces.
- Crowded teeth (even severe cases of crowding are typically treatable with Fastbraces)
- Open bite, underbite, crossbite, and overbite
- Excessively spaced or gapped teeth
- High canine teeth
Patients should be in solid oral health before undergoing any type of orthodontic treatment. We will recommend you undergo a checkup and cleaning with Dr. Dickerson in advance of your treatment with Fastbraces. Instances of decay or gum disease should be healed before beginning Fastbraces.
Request an Appointment Today!
Are you interested in what accelerated orthodontics can do for your smile? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with David Dickerson, DDS to discuss the type of braces in Nashville that are right for you. Request an appointment today!