When patients hear the words “orthodontics” or “braces,” they typically imagine an adolescent with a mouth full of metal brackets and wires, but at David Dickerson, DDS, we offer a number of alternative orthodontic solutions to straighten smiles without the mouth full of metal or the time commitment necessary to complete traditional orthodontic treatment.
Teeth can be crooked because they don't position properly when they come in as "adult" teeth. They can be tilted, sideways, overlapping or spaced apart, causing many issues. FASTBRACES® Technologies high performance bracket systems upright the roots of the teeth from the beginning of treatment with just one square wire from the very first appointment. Often FASTBRACES® treatment takes no longer than 120 days! Traditional orthodontics can take two or more years depending on the extent of misalignment, and they are often very uncomfortable for patients, impose limits on diet, and make oral hygiene more difficult.
How are Fastbraces® Different?
Fastbraces® are different because they allow the roots and crowns of teeth to shift at the same time essentially cutting treatment in half. The innovative method is a simple combination of biology, geography, and physics. Fastbraces® brackets are triangular, and they are connected with a single square wire. This unique shape allows the wire to put pressure on the spaces between teeth uprighting the roots and crowns simultaneously for faster, more comfortable treatment.
How Much Faster are They?
Traditional braces take months or years to complete, but orthodontic alignment with Fastbraces® only takes about 20 weeks to complete in most cases. Treatment time is largely dependent upon the condition being treated and the severity of the case. Not every patient is a great candidate for Fastbraces®, but the innovative solution is effective in treating many orthodontic concerns including:
- Crowding even very severe crowding and dental overlap
- High canines
- Open bite, overbite, underbite, and crossbite
- Uneven spacing or excessive gapping
ClearCorrect is an alternative to the tooth colored brackets and wires. Rather than using traditional braces materials, ClearCorrect uses a series of clear, plastic alignment trays to gently shift teeth into their proper alignment. Each set of trays represents one step closer to the ideal alignment, and after wearing one set of aligners for about two weeks on average, patients are able to exchange the current set of alignment trays for the next set in the series. This means fewer trips to the dentist to adjust brackets and wires. Additionally, because the alignment trays are removable, patients are able to enjoy the same diet and maintain their regular oral hygiene routine.
MTM Clear Aligners
Constructed from clear, plastic materials like ClearCorrect aligners, MTM Clear Aligners serve a similar function, but are used to correct only minor orthodontic misalignments such as gaps in teeth or crowding. We typically recommend these for adults who would like to quickly correct misalignment in the parts of their bite that are visible when they smile or to correct teeth that have shifted following traditional orthodontic treatment due to retainer non-compliance, wisdom tooth eruption, or other concerns.
These services are being performed or provided by a general dentist.