Just one generation ago, getting your teeth straightened involved night braces, years of brackets on your teeth, and a retainer – all of which disrupted the way you ate and slept, and often marred your appearance on your way to a perfect smile. Today there are many new innovations in the field of straightening teeth, and one is known as "accelerated orthodontics". This method is becoming very popular because it has shortened the teeth straightening process from years to months. Once you learn about this method, you will probably choose it over many others available.
What is Accelerated Orthodontics?
- A teeth straightening method that requires a patient to wear braces for only three to eight months, rather than two to four years required by traditional braces.
- A method that corrects structural problems in the mouth, such as crooked teeth or an overbite.
When it comes to accelerated orthodontics, a periodontist and an orthodontist work together as a team to straighten your teeth. A surgical procedure is performed under local anesthetic to alter the gums and bones around the teeth being straightened (this procedure is usually performed a week after the braces are attached to your teeth).
What types of braces are used in Accelerated Orthodontics?
- Metal braces – This is the cheapest and strongest option for accelerated braces, but they can also cause gum irritation and are the most visible.
- Ceramic braces – These braces are strong and stain resistant because they are made of composite materials. The braces themselves blend in with your teeth and are barely visible, but the bands that connect the wires to the brackets can stain your teeth if you drink a lot of coffee of smoke. The bands – also called ligatures – must be replaced once a month.
- Lingual braces – These are braces placed behind the teeth to hide them from view. They are harder to apply than ceramic and metal braces and are therefore more expensive. This method is the also the most difficult accelerated straightening method to use when aiming for specific results.
In today's world, many people are turning to teeth straightening. It is quite commonplace for adults to decide to have their teeth straightened after years of not being able to afford it or of being afraid of pain and unsightliness. The cost can be anywhere between $2000 and $7800, depending on the method you choose.
But more important than choosing an accelerated straightening method is choosing a dentist who is trained and certified in accelerated orthodontics. If you are a candidate for traditional orthodontics, you can expect a high success rate with accelerated orthodontics as well.