What are Fastbraces?
Fastbraces are a type of fixed orthodontic brace with a patented triangular design and a heat-activated wire. They’re designed to make orthodontic treatment (straightening and realigning teeth) more efficient, and therefore shorter.
What are the benefits of Fastbraces?
More efficient: Traditional braces tend to initially move the crown of the tooth and then later, the roots. Fastbraces encourage the tooth to move into its final desired position right from the start, moving the crowns and roots together.
Shorter treatment periods: With traditional braces, the treatment period for most people is between one and two years — sometimes even longer — and the majority of patients will have their braces for at least 18 months. Treatment with Fastbraces typically takes between 3 months and a year, with an average treatment time of 5-8 months. They are also simpler to use, meaning that orthodontic visits are shorter.
Fastbraces patients often report less sensitivity and pain than traditional brace wearers, and Fastbraces are usually cheaper than traditional fixed braces.
What are the disadvantages of Fastbraces?
The disadvantages of Fastbraces are much the same as those of traditional braces. The braces are visible, so if this worries you, you may want to investigate invisible braces (teeth moulds which look like clear retainers) or lingual braces, which are fixed to the back of the teeth. However, Fastbraces are significantly cheaper than either of these options.
Keeping your teeth clean and healthy can be difficult, as food and drink can cling to the braces, and plaque can be harder to remove. So it’s important to follow the cleaning tips given by the orthodontist, dentist or hygienist, and to use any special tools or toothbrushes you’re given properly. You will also have to avoid hard, chewy or crunchy foods, as these can bend or displace the wires and even dislodge the brackets. So toffees, chewing gum, nuts and crispy apples are off the menu!
Will Fastbraces work for everyone?
No. Fastbraces aren’t suitable for people who have jaw joint problems, severe bite problems or extensive overcrowding and misalignment throughout the mouth.
How much do Fastbraces cost?
Fastbraces prices range from £1990 to £3995, with an average cost of £2500.