Many people incorrectly assume that braces and other orthodontic appliances are only for aesthetic purposes. It’s true that braces can do a lot to correct a crooked smile and give patients extra confidence, but orthodontics also affect oral health in many ways. Orthodontics correct issues that cause problems both with oral health, and patient comfort. Another common misconception is that braces and orthodontics are for kids. It is often better to intervene with orthodontics early on while the mouth is still growing, but many patients later in life can also benefit. Whether you have issues that have been ongoing, or recent changes have caused new issues, orthodontics may be the answer for you.

Products

At Capitol Hill Dentistry & Braces we offer both traditional braces and Fast Braces systems. There are benefits to both and our friendly staff can help you decide which best fits your oral health needs and budget. Most patients are good candidates for either.

FastBraces

Fastbraces Technology typically works with just one orthodontic wire from start to finish, whereas old braces usually require a series of wires and tightening procedures. Fastbraces uses a special square, super-elastic, nickel-titanium wire which is activated by the special design of the braces. this dynamic wire helps upright the whole tooth using the natural temperature of the mouth in just one stage.

Minimal Discomfort

University research has shown that Fastbraces Technology has low mean frictional forces, a clear-cut reduction in sliding friction and pain reduction with fitting front and back teeth together.

Minimal Retainer Wear

After treatment, the patient will start out by wearing the retainers every night during a normal 8-hour sleep period or just in the shower for 20 minutes every day, as per the doctor’s instructions. Within a year, and from then on, the patient may find that they will only need to wear their retainers for 15-20 minutes every day.

The Fastbraces Difference:

Traditional Braces

Used for Decades

Often Changes to Natural Bite

Extractions Needed Often

Multiple Wires Used

Typically 2 Years

Typically High Cost

Delayed Root Movement

Root Resorption

Pain Issues Reported

Typically 24/7 Retainers

Fastbraces Technology

Used for Over 20 Years

Natural Bite Preserved

Almost Always Non-extraction

Just One-Wire

Could be 20 Weeks

Typically Low Cost

Immediate Root Movement

Statistically Less Resorption

Pain Reduction Statistically

Typically 15-20 Min./Day Retainers

 

Benefits

Most of us have seen the improvement in a person’s smile after braces. What we may not know is the mental confidence and ease teeth after braces add to a conversation. If you are self-conscious about your smile, imagine never having to think about it again. Sounds nice, doesn’t it? In addition to the aesthetic improvement that orthodontics can supply, there are many other benefits. Patients with TMJ and other jaw related issues can often retrain their bite to fall so that it lines up more comfortably. Uneven space between teeth, a contributor to tooth decay, can often be painful and cause unnecessary wear on other teeth.

Living With Orthodontics

Orthodontics are temporary appliances used to make lasting changes. So, while there are some challenges, most patients find the benefits far outweigh the temporary inconveniences associated with orthodontics. The appliances can be uncomfortable, especially as your mouth acclimates to your braces or other orthodontics. Talk to your orthodontist about ways to alleviate this, and things you can do to minimize it. They can also offer tips on any changes you may need to make in your diet and oral health regimen.

Let us be Your Orthodontist

If you need orthodontics, Capitol Hill Dentistry & Braces would love to be your orthodontist. Call us today to schedule your consultation.