If you had braces during your teen or adult years, you could attest and remember the hassle you went through just to get those pearly whites properly positioned in your mouth. You probably wished you paid more attention to your dentist when he talked about dental and oral care when you’re younger.
Fortunately, for the newer generation, a faster way to straighten your teeth is available. The same hassle of course but for a shorter period of time. This new concept of accelerated orthodontics can get you the same goals as traditional orthodontics. Instead of going back and forth to your orthodontist for years, you can complete the whole treatment in months.
To give you the exact figures, traditional orthodontics need you to wear braces for 2-4 years while accelerated orthodontics shortens that time to about 3-8 months.
Having said that, the main advantage of accelerated orthodontics is the shorter period of time it covers in straightening, spacing, and repositioning your teeth. If you are an adult who is looking to use orthodontics for cosmetic reasons, you can visit an orthodontist and tell him that you seriously consider the accelerated method.
Similar to the traditional method, orthodontists still use the same type of braces in the accelerated orthodontics.
- Metal braces – These are very strong kind of braces and very visible as well. Although they initially irritate the gums, they’re very common because they are least expensive.
- Ceramic braces – Opposite to the metal braces, the ceramic braces aren’t as noticeable. They are also strong and stain-resistant.
- Lingual braces – If you get one of these, people will hardly notice that you are on orthodontics treatment. These braces are placed behind your teeth, which makes them popular among adult clients. Also, this type is more expensive.
Accelerated orthodontics involves a minor surgery a week after the braces are placed. This surgical procedure is done under local anesthesia and involves altering your gums and bones that hold your teeth in place. With this procedure, your teeth will have more space to move into quickly. Since this is only a minor surgery, the discomfort you will feel is just like dental cleaning.