When most people need their teeth straightened, they can choose from either traditional metal braces or plastic braces, depending on the extent of the problem. As dental technology advances, new options are being created to straighten teeth faster and more affordably. Instead of months or even years to straighten teeth, a product called Fastbraces can shorten the time it takes to make your teeth look great.
What are Fastbraces?
Fastbraces are a type of dental braces which can straighten teeth much faster than traditional braces. While they work like traditional braces, and even look similar, they work by moving the crown and root of teeth at the same time. The main difference between these braces and traditional ones are the brackets.
With traditional braces, the brackets require additional wire and elastic bands to hold the braces together. Fastbraces are generically referred to as self-ligating braces since they use brackets or clips to move teeth into place. These braces are not only less expensive since they require less time to work, but they don’t cause as much discomfort when tightened and less time is needed overall in the dentist chair.
Types of Self-Ligating Brackets
There are two different types of brackets created for self-ligating braces:
- Passive brackets
- Active brackets
Passive brackets are often used at the beginning of treatment to straighten teeth. They use a smaller archwire, which allows the teeth to move more freely.
Active brackets require a thicker archwire, which exerts more pressure onto the teeth to move them into the correct position.
Issues They Correct
Self-ligating braces can correct several issues caused by teeth not in the correct position. Some of these issues include:
- Cross bites
- Open bites
Some of these problems can make it difficult to properly chew foods and speak clearly. When correcting teeth crowding, some teeth may need to be removed before the braces are applied. After a Garden City dentist applies the braces, it will take only a few short months, sometimes a year, for teeth to be straightened and the braces removed.
Candidates for Self-Ligating Braces
Almost anyone, from teens to adults, can use this dental technology to help correct their teeth. A dentist will evaluate your teeth, and determine which type of treatment is the best option for having straight, beautiful teeth.
Cost of Self-Ligating Braces
Compared to traditional and invisible braces, self-ligating braces are the least expensive treatment for correcting teeth. Traditional braces can cost as much as $4,500 to $8,000, plus the costs of dental visits to maintain them. Invisible braces can cost between $6,000 to $9,000 depending on the number of correction trays needed. Treatment using self-ligating braces costs approximately $4,000.
When selecting the best treatment for your teeth, the cost shouldn’t be the top consideration since one type of braces may not work well for your situation. Discuss the options with your dentist, and if you have a choice, cost may then be considered for selecting the best treatment for helping your teeth look their best.