Can I Have Quick Easy Brace Treatment for 6 Months?
Hopefully you can!
Our patients prefer quick easy treatments because they are cheaper and the braces are only on for a few months.
And orthodontists prefer straightforward treatments too.
So if a simple treatment option is appropriate, we can arrange that for you.
But sometimes things are not quite as “simple” as they appear…
A set of teeth is a complex thing. That’s why is takes five years to train as a dentist. And another three years to become an orthodontist.
So what factors are we considering when deciding whether a “quick” treatment is appropriate?
• HOW FAR ARE WE TRYING TO MOVE YOUR TEETH?
If teeth are very crooked, or if they stick out, it may be difficult to pull or push them into a good position in only a few months. In fact, trying to do so can damage the teeth. So a “quick” treatment may not be the sensible option.
But if they are not too far out of line to start with, a simple treatment may be possible…in which case “quick” braces may be a great option.
• WILL YOUR TEETH BITE TOGETHER PROPERLY AT THE END?
If your upper teeth meet very closely with your lower teeth, moving only the uppers only can make them “clash” with the lowers. This can cause tooth wear and jaw joint problems.
It may be advisable to consider a lower treatment at the same time to ensure your teeth continue to bite together correctly.
But if your upper teeth do not touch your lowers to start with, then ONLY an upper may be the best option for you.
• CAN WE USE CLEAR “INVISIBLE” ALIGNERS INSTEAD OF FIXED BRACES?
Clear aligner techniques may not be effective in correcting teeth that are very crooked, that stick out a lot. It may be better to consider fixed braces in these circumstances to get the result you are expecting e.g. with white ceramic braces.
But a clear aligner technique may be a really good option if your teeth are not too crooked in the first place. As a specialist orthodontists we would be able to advise you.
• WILL YOUR TEETH STAY IN THEIR NEW POSITION FOR YEARS TO COME?
If your teeth are pushed too far forwards or outwards, they can easily “fall back” to their original position. We call this “relapse”.
Relapse can happen after any brace treatment. But there will be a reduced chance if the treatment is planned correctly.
Sometimes simple treatments can cause teeth to be pushed into an “unstable” position…which means that there is a greater chance of relapse in the future.
But if your teeth are not too crooked, this may not be a problem and so a quick treatment may be a good option.
Advice by Specialists in Orthodontics
All new patients to Cleveland Orthodontics are assessed by a specialist orthodontist who has had many years of training and proven him/herself by professional examinations to have skills required to plan orthodontic treatment correctly.
We have the experience and training to know when “quick” treatments are a good idea and when they may not be.
And we are not limited to ONLY clear “aligner” techniques…these are not appropriate for everyone. We have a range of brace techniques to offer that will be appropriate to YOUR teeth.
So in summary…if we can provide a “quick treatment” we will do so. If we think a quick treatment is not a good way to proceed, we will discuss the other options with you.
What “quick” options may be available?
- SIMPLE ALIGNER TECHNIQUE: used for minor corrections
- INVISALIGN LITE: this clear aligner technique is available to adults and teens. Treatments take typically 4-6 months using up to 15 aligners
- SINGLE UPPER OR SINGLE LOWER FIXED BRACES: available in metal/colours or white ceramic
- SECTIONAL BRACE: these are placed on only the six front teeth and are appropriate minor corrections.