It’s incredibly common in North America for young people to get braces between the ages of 13 and 17. Traditional orthodontic braces consist of metal wires that are threaded through metal brackets that are bonded to the teeth. These are gradually tightened over time, applying pressure to the teeth to move them into the right place. Braces are used to correct a misaligned bite or teeth that are unevenly spaced.
Many adults didn’t have the chance to go through traditional orthodontic treatment when they were young. Having uneven teeth or a misaligned bite can affect your self-esteem and confidence in your smile, impair the function of your teeth, and even lead to jaw tension and pain that can spread throughout the head, neck and shoulders. If teeth are severely misaligned, then comprehensive orthodontia is really the only solution. However, for those who want to make smaller, more cosmetic changes, short term braces are a great option.
Fast braces, or short term braces, are designed to correct the appearance of the upper and/or lower teeth in a short amount of time, usually six months. They create an aesthetic improvement, and don’t alter the alignment of the bite. Depending on your needs, your orthodontist may use traditional metal braces and brackets, though ceramic (clear) brackets are usually preferred.
Many people want to get fast braces in order to close gaps between their front teeth, so the teeth appear more evenly spaced. Fast braces are an effective way to correct tooth gaps and create a straighter smile. If you want your front teeth to have a better, straighter appearance, short term braces are an easy and effective solution!
Some people opt for crowns or veneers in order to close tooth gaps, but we recommend short term braces as they provide a solution that is non-invasive, natural and cost-effective. While crowns and veneers certainly can give you a straighter smile, they require permanent changes to the teeth, including taking away otherwise healthy enamel. They also must be eventually replaced, which is expensive.
Invisalign is another option for short term orthodontic treatment, but you will not be able to have the same precision you can get with short term braces. Short term braces also get faster results than Invisalign.
If you’re bothered by your crooked front teeth and want a natural, healthy treatment to correct them, then short term braces are a great solution!