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Get To The Finish Line Sooner With Fastbraces®

  • May 2, 2017

What is the worst part about having braces? It just might be wearing them.

And with traditional metal braces, you may have those brackets and wires on your teeth for two years. In some cases, orthodontic treatment can last even longer.

What if there was a better way — a faster way — to create you new, straight smile? With Fastbraces®, you could change your smile in a fraction of the time it would take with traditional braces. You could say they really are fast braces.

If you are interested in learning more about this advanced orthodontic option, make an appointment at our dentist office in Columbia, SC. Call 803-272-4162 or contact us online to request a consultation.

Dr. Doug Forbes can examine your mouth and jaw to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. If you are, our team at Total Dental Care at South Carolina will be here to support you in your quest for a better smile.


How Braces Work

Traditional braces have been used for decades for one important reason. Braces work.

They have helped millions of people and often multiple generations in the same family fix a number of alignment issues:

◼ Crooked teeth

◼ Crowded teeth

◼ Crossbites

◼ High canines

◼ Overbites and underbites

◼ Open bites

◼ Gaps between teeth

Traditional braces use square or rectangular brackets and an archwire to move teeth in stages.

During the first stage, the braces move the crowns of your teeth. This can take 12 months or longer. In the second stage, braces adjust the position of the roots of your teeth. This too takes about 12 months.

To close your treatment, you will wear a retainer, at least for a short time. This will reduce your risk of relapse, which is when your teeth shift back to their original positions.


How Fastbraces Are Similar To Traditional Braces

Like traditional braces, Fastbraces also use brackets and wires to move your teeth.

That means you will still have some of the same issues that you do with other braces. You will need to avoid eating certain foods. Crunchy and chewy foods can cause the brackets to come loose or cause the wires to bend.

You may not want to give up your favorite snacks during your orthodontic treatment, but it’s best not to take chances on damaging your braces.

But the most important similarity between traditional braces and Fastbraces is that they both work on all the problems listed above.


How Fastbraces Are Different Than Traditional Braces

Fastbraces use a different kind of bracket than traditional braces. Instead of a rectangular shape, these brackets are triangular.

This helps in two ways. It leaves more wire between each bracket. It also affects how the brackets and wires work together to move your teeth.

As a result, Fastbraces are able to move your crowns and roots at the same time. This can drastically reduce the amount of time needed to complete your orthodontic care. In many cases, it’s half the time you would need for traditional braces. In some cases, it’s even less.

You will still need to wear a retainer at the end of your treatment, but your smile will look better and straighter sooner.


The Next Step In Orthodontic Care

We’ve come a long way since the ancient Romans recommended pushing your teeth with your fingers as a way to make them straighter.

And it wasn’t that long ago that braces consisted of metal rings that went around the teeth and created serious “metal mouth.” Modern braces use brackets that are bonded to the front of teeth, which made them less bulky that the old metal ring system.

Fastbraces could be seen as the next advancement in orthodontic care. The triangular brackets and wire systems have made orthodontic care more efficient while still remaining effective for a wide range of patients and problems.

To find out if Fastbraces is right for you, call 803-272-4162 or contact us online to make an appointment.

Dr. Forbes wants to do what is best for all our patients at Total Dental Care of South Carolina. Schedule a consultation today if you are interested in learning more about Fastbraces or any of our other cosmetic services.



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