Why Fast Braces Can Be Harmful to Your Teeth

Posted on July 13, 2022

In Orthodontics, there have been many ongoing and inventive modifications to  techniques, hardware, and treatment overall. Some have been very successful, such as Invisalign and self ligating brackets. However, there are others that should be researched thoroughly before deeming them as a good option for orthodontics treatment.  At Cardinal Orthodontics, our average treatment time is just 16 months! We do our best to get patients out of treatment as quickly possible, but also know the dangers of moving teeth too quickly. Let’s discuss some common misconceptions and possible dangers of fast braces. 

What are Fast Braces?

Fast braces or “Fastbraces” are a new version of traditional braces that can straighten your teeth at a rapid rate.  They claim to give patients a faster result and treatment time of 3 months to a year.  Fastbraces use a different kind of bracket that is triangular in shape as opposed to the traditional square bracket that are used for braces.  These triangle brackets allow a doctor to make different movements and allow for more flexibility of the wire. This form of orthodontic treatment only uses one wire throughout a patient’s entire treatment plan. This alone cuts down on the amount of time someone is stuck wearing braces. 

Why are People Choosing Fast Braces?

People are choosing to go this route for obvious reasons. Everyone wants to achieve a straight, beautiful smile in a short amount of time. Only having to wear braces for 3-12 months sounds much more attractive than a treatment time of 1.5-3 years. Most people want to see results fast and spend as little time in hardware as possible.  Another factor that is affected by shorter treatment time, is the cost of fast braces.  Since the person is in treatment for such little amount of time, it cuts the cost down significantly.  This option may only cost between $3,000 – $5,000, in comparison to traditional braces costing around $5,000-$8,000.  Fast braces also claim to be less painless than traditional braces or Invisalign, which is a big selling point to patients, especially those weary of tooth pain. The marketing behind this form of orthodontic treatment WORKS, but the question becomes, is it too good to be true?

Dangers Associated With Straightening Teeth Too Quickly

The truth about getting straight teeth quickly is that it’s not typically as great as it sounds. The correction is usually incomplete, meaning there is only initial alignment and not full correction and a good fit of the bite.  Cosmetically, teeth will look straighter and ultimately better than before with a short stint of fast braces, but full correction will not be achieved. It has also been reported that results from fast braces do not always last. Some people have said that that their teeth shifted back to their original position shortly after treatment. This is not only frustrating, but also can become a financial burden if you choose to go the traditional braces route to get full correction completed. It’s also important to keep in mind that moving teeth too fast can cause oral health concerns and bone loss. Fast might sound like the way to go, but it’s important that you talk to your dental professional about risks before getting started with orthodontic treatment of any kind. 

How Do Traditional Braces Compare?

Orthodontists have used traditional braces for decades because they are extremely effective in correcting teeth and jaw alignment.  Traditional braces differ from fast braces because they provide more efficient correction. Not only are the teeth in the correct position, but the bite fits together as well.  This route may cost a bit more than fast braces, but full correction makes the higher cost well worth it in the long run. Investing in your smile means investing in one that will last forever. 

Why Is Full Correction So Important in Orthodontics?

For some, full correction is not a priority, but rather their teeth being aesthetically straighter is their main goal.  For people with this view, fast braces may be a good option.  On the contrary, traditional braces achieve full correction, including the bite. When a person has fully corrected teeth, flossing and brushing becomes much easier, allowing them to have better dental hygiene. Bite correction is so important because it reduces wear on the teeth and strain on the jaw joints, which in turn will keep your teeth strong and jaw joints comfortable. To learn about common  bite problems, visit the AAO (American Association of Orthodontists) website by clicking here

Braces Offered at Cardinal Orthodontics

At Cardinal Orthodontics, we offer two types of traditional braces:

  1. Metal
  2. Clear (Ceramic)

Both of these options work great, and can ultimately achieve the same result! Although we do not offer “Fastbraces” at our office, we do offer shorter treatment times than the average orthodontist and are conservative in our approach. Our goal is to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile in the shortest amount of time possible without compromising full orthodontic correction. With our free retainers for life, you are guaranteed a smile that will last a lifetime!

If you’d like to see if you are a candidate for braces or Invisalign, give our office a call to schedule a FREE orthodontic exam! This can be done virtually or in one of our convenient St. Louis locations. 314-962-6242

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