If you do not like your smile due to crooked or crowded teeth, or you have an underbite or an overbite, there are braces that can help you. In the past, adults would have to wear their braces for a longer period. Fortunately, due to improved braces technologies, you can choose speed braces.
These braces can cut your treatment time down by many months:
Speed braces uses self-ligating brackets to hold the wires in place. You will not have to wear additional wires or any rubber bands. Speed braces use a slide mechanism on the brackets. The wires slide through the brace brackets as your teeth move, which allows them to move more comfortably and freely. This technology also reduces friction you would feel between the wire and bracket. This means you would need fewer adjustments during your brace treatment.
Self-ligating brackets are smaller than traditional brackets, which makes it much easier for you to floss and brush your teeth. Because you will wear these braces for less time, you will not have brown or yellow spots (decalcification) on your teeth when the braces come off.
Besides improving your smile, speed braces offer even more benefits. If you have an overbite or an underbite, you may have problems chewing your food, which can cause problems with your digestive system, and lead to frequent stomachaches. Eating is much easier when the braces come off.
It is also difficult to clean crooked teeth, and as a result, your gums and teeth may hurt. This also makes you more prone to tooth loss, gum disease, and tooth decay. Speed dental braces helps to prevent any further damage to your teeth, as well as the need for more dental treatments, such as reconstructive dental surgery, gum disease treatment, and more.
If you choose traditional braces, your dentist may have to pull some teeth to provide space for your straightened teeth, because your jaw has stopped growing. Because the slide mechanism on speed braces allows your teeth to move, your dentist will likely not have to pull any teeth. In some cases, you would need to wear a palatal expander during your treatment to spread your jaws. Because speed braces work more quickly, you will likely not have to wear this.
Many speed braces use metal brackets, but in many cases, you can also choose ceramic brackets for improved aesthetics. Talk with your dentist today to see if speed braces will work for you. For more information, contact a professional like Scott A. Wright, DDS to learn more.