Everything You Need to Know About Quick and Fast Orthodontic Treatments
When it comes to getting your teeth straightened, there are numerous treatment options available – each having their own merits and demerits. Unlike the traditional orthodontic metal braces that were disliked by many patients owing to their conspicuous metallic appearance, there are now more comfortable and aesthetically pleasant available that are virtually invisible. However, another important aspect that you need to consider before selecting an orthodontic treatment option is the treatment time. Naturally, everyone would like to have straight teeth in the shortest possible time – and thanks to modern dentistry – that is possible!
So, which orthodontic option should you choose that gives you the desired results – perfectly aligned teeth and charming smile – in the least amount of time? Continue reading to find out!
What is the Fastest Invisalign Works To Straighten Teeth?
When comparing metallic braces with Invisalign, of course, Invisalign offer superior aesthetics and comfort. But is Invisalign also the fastest orthodontic system to straighten your teeth? Well, the short answer is usually yes.
In the case of mild to moderate orthodontic problems, Invisalign and other removable aligners are a suitable option, as they require less time to fix the underlying issue. Invisalign can therefore see results in approximately 12 months.
However, there are certain instances where Invisalign is not the fastest to work, particularly when treatment extends beyond the front 6 teeth. In this instance you may find that fixed orthodontics works faster.
Options to Have Quick Straight Teeth
When it comes to fast track orthodontic systems. There are several options that you can benefit from:
- Invisalign Aligners – when we talk about fast orthodontic treatment, the Invisalign aligners are among the first options that come to mind. This orthodontic system uses transparent removable aligners that are virtually invisible and offer superior comfort and convenience in comparison to the traditional orthodontic options. The Invisalign aligners are among the best options to quickly treat mild to moderate orthodontic issues.
- Clarity Braces – this is an orthodontic system that uses tooth colored fixed braces. Unlike the traditional orthodontic braces, this system uses specially shaped brackets that can simultaneously move the root and the crown, thereby minimizing the treatment time. The Clarity system can have treatment times as low as 6 months in certain circumstances where only anterior teeth are being moved.
- The Inman Aligners – this is an orthodontic system that focuses on aligning the front teeth only. This system uses removable aligners with a spring mechanism that enhances the tooth movement process. Like other removable aligner systems, you have to wear the Inman Aligners for at least 20 hours each day. With the Inman Aligner systems, you can get your front teeth straightened in approximately 16 weeks – depending on the severity of your orthodontic problem. One of the biggest disadvantages of Inman aligner is that it is sometimes uncomfortable to wear which means patients don’t wear it for as long as required, this can then dramatically extend treatment times. This is why many orthodontists will prefer fixed orthodontics to get the quickest treatment times.
Braces on Front 6 Teeth Only-Do They Work?
There are several orthodontic systems that focus on the front teeth only. This is because it is easier to move the front teeth, as they have a single root. On the other hand, the back teeth have more than one root, and hence, they require more force and time to move them in the desired direction. If only your front teeth are misaligned, then it might be a good idea to get braces only on your front six teeth – as it will not only be cost-effective but will also considerably decrease the treatment time.
Achieving A Perfect Smile in 6 Months, What Are the Options?
There are different types of braces available in the markets nowadays that claim to fix crooked and misaligned teeth within six months. Some of these include:
- Clarity Clear braces
- The Inman aligners
- Fixed orthodontics
- Invisalign aligners – for correcting mild cases.
And the list goes on. Each of these systems have a different mechanism of action and require a different treatment plan. However, not everyone is a suitable candidate for getting your teeth fixed with fast braces. Your specialist orthodontist can ascertain your eligibility once they have performed a detailed examination.
Treatment Times for Different Orthodontic Braces
The time required for fixing orthodontic problems with different orthodontic braces depends on two main factors: the severity of the problem and patient compliance – especially in the case of removable aligners. Generally, complex orthodontic problems require longer time and contemporary fast track orthodontic systems may not be suitable in these cases. Treatment of complex orthodontic problems with conventional braces usually require anywhere between 18 and 24 months. Other orthodontic systems can fix mild to moderate problems within 6-12 months.
More importantly, the treatment time will be reduced if you adhere to your Orthodontists instructions. Patients who tend to misplace or break their removable aligners tend to have longer treatment times.
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Faiza Lewis (nee Darugar) has been a Dentist for over 26 years and a Specialist Orthodontist for 17 years. She graduated from Birmingham Dental School in 1993 and from Guy’s Hospital in Orthodontics in 2002. She has had a variety of hospital jobs in maxillofacial surgery and working for the Wandsworth Community Dental Service before starting the 3 year Specialisation Programme in Orthodontics