A Short Guide to Fastbraces

Posted on: 24 January 2018

Fastbraces are a relatively new treatment in Australia, though they have been used for a lot longer in the United States. Fastbraces describe themselves as a comfortable, safe way of straightening teeth in a very short period of time compared to regular braces. Many people have not heard of Fastbraces, and therefore this short guide aims to explain what they are, how they work, and what is good and bad about them. 

How Fastbraces Work

Evelyn Ascough DDS provides a good summary of how Fastbraces work, and how they compare to normal braces. In short, Fastbraces are triangular rather than square-shaped like normal braces, and this allows one super-flexible and strong wire to be used for the whole set of braces. This moves the crown and root of the tooth at the same time, therefore massively speeding up the treatment. 

Who Fastbraces are For

Fastbraces are popular with a variety of people, and particularly with adults who want a better smile quickly. However, there are some limitations to what Fastbraces can achieve compared to normal braces. CCC Smiles describes some of the limitations of Fastbraces, and how they may not be suitable for people who have severely crooked teeth, or a misaligned bite. However, they may be ideal for people who only want to make minor adjustments in a short amount of time. 

Advantages of Fastbraces

Despite the limitations of Fastbraces, there are also multiple advantages to consider. The main one is the speed of treatment, with Woodvale Park Dental estimating that treatment can take as little as three months. They can also be tooth-coloured in some cases, which many people prefer, as well as reducing the chance of tooth decay as they are on the teeth for less time. Due to the speed of treatment, they require fewer dental visits than regular braces, in addition to being more suited to adults. 

Disadvantages of Fastbraces

The biggest disadvantage of Fastbraces, as alluded to above, is the limitations on what they can do in such a short time - they are simply not suitable for those with severely crooked teeth or bite problems. The other problems include the fact that they are usually visible, and also that they can be hard to care for and you will have to avoid certain foods with them. However, these last two problems also apply to regular braces.

In short, Fastbraces are now a tried-and-tested method of correcting slightly crooked teeth, which although fast and convenient, is unsuitable for more serious misaligned teeth. However, if they are something that you're interested in, then contact your dentist to find it if they might be right for you. For more information, contact a dental professional.