Fast Braces

The Fastbraces® Technology brackets have an elevated slot and a unique elbow design. The shape of the bracket is critical because it literally changes the force-flexibility equation. The square shape of conventional brackets defines the distance between the brackets and that distance determines the flexibility of the wire. The triangular shape of the Fastbraces® patented bracket increases the distance between the individual brackets, which increases the flexibility of the wire. Additionally, the brackets help deliver torquing and tipping forces to the root of the tooth from the beginning of treatment. These fundamental differences allow treat-ment to be completed from 3 months to about a year. For the consumer looking for an aesthetic cosmetic solution, Fastbraces® Clear TM ceramic brackets are also available and offer the same technology advantages of moving teeth as the Fast-braces® metal brackets.

Twenty (20) years of history, thousands of consecutively treated patients and uni-versity research have shown that Fastbraces® are not only safe but offer many additional benefits. Patients oftentimes experience less discomfort and there are no more risks with Fastbraces® than those associated with traditional braces. Additionally, the fact that the braces are on for less time means that there is possibly less chance of tooth decay due to improper oral hygiene. Treatment with Fast-braces® Technology improves the patient’s lifestyle because treatment typically takes just a few visits at the doctor’s office. Less doctor visits mean less money spent, less gas used getting to and from the doctor’s office and less time off school or work. Another remarkable benefit is the reduction of retainer usage. When the braces come off one needs to wear the retainers at least 15 minutes a day. Results will vary from patient to patient.

UNDERSTANDING THE GOALS OF YOUR TREATMENT

In orthodontics, an individual’s natural bite is classified into one of three categories.

  • Class 1 bite occurs when, in the back teeth, the upper first (6-year) molar bites slightly behind the lower first molar. Generally, this results in a minimal over-bite.
  • Class II bite occurs when, in the back of the teeth, the upper first molar bites directly on top of or slightly in front of the lower first molar. Generally, this results in a bit of an overbite. In some severe cases, the overbite may be excessive.
  • Class Ill bite occurs when, in the back of the teeth, the upper first molar bites behind the lower first molar. Generally, this results in an underbite
The definitions of Class I, II or III are descriptive, morphologic definitions and are not one of disease. In other words, Class I, II or III simply describes how the teeth fit in a healthy individual and provide a measure of the overbite, not necessarily that the person has unhealthy teeth, or a dysfunctional bite if the teeth have compensated and adjusted to the bite. Of course, a Class I bite is preferable, as it provides for a minimal overbite and maximum intercuspation (“fit”) of the teeth. A Class II or a Class III bite, with the teeth adapted to the bite, and compensated for the way the first molars fit, may have good canine or group function of the teeth and the patient may elect to leave it as is. Therefore, the patient may choose not to change the natural bite unless he/she is interested in the complete change of the way the teeth fit.
Another way to understand this is by comparing it to gum disease. When a dentist says that the teeth have periodontal disease, he or she will classify it as I, II or That is a measure of a disease. If one has a type III disease, one risks loosing the teeth. In orthodontics, this is not the case. If one has a class III bite, it simply means that there is a tendency for an underbite, not that one would lose teeth if the bite doesn’t change, as the teeth may have compensated and adjusted to this bite providing a Class II severe overbite or a Class III skeletal underbite may need surgery for a  the patient with good functional occlusion. On the other hand, in some y cases improvement.
 Sometimes in orthodontics, great emphasis is placed on changing the natural bite to I relation without much regard to the patient’s chief concern for seek-i°g the orthodontic treatment or the existing functional occlusion. With Fastbraces®, the doctors listen to the patient and then delivers the treatment necessary to create the desired results. Fastbraces” providers believe in preserving or improving the natural bite, but not changing it to satisfy an arbitrary ideal without the patient’s consent, especially if doing so would dictate the removal of permanent teeth, surgery or cumbersome treatment modalities with questionable long-term results for a particular patient (as long as the patient has good canine or group functional occlusion). The doctors give their patients the information on the options available so they can make informed decisions about the level of treatment they want. With Fastbraces®, the doctors continue to balance the dictates of tradition with a patient’s demands for non-invasive, tooth-saving treatment strategies
Fastbraces® upright the root of the tooth from the beginning of treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

What will the sequence of treatment be? 
First visit: The patient may receive some or all of the braces to mayi comfort. The rest of the braces are typically given in the second or third’n)ize b. Second and remaining visits: Adjustment of the braces is done b c, visit. the elastic ties around the braces, or by repositioning , adding or removing one or more of the braces.
What are the elastic ties for around the braces, and what happens r—r-ins if one of them comes off? 
They are called “v-ties”, and they are used to hold the wire in place. If one them comes off, the patient should wait until the next appointment and it will be replaced
What is tooth recontouring? 
Recontouring, or interproximal reduction, or slenderizing, is the process of making some of the teeth slightly narrower. It is used to acquire more space for the teeth, to avoid extractions or to make teeth more attractive.
What should the patient do if the braces become an irritant? 
First apply the wax that the patient is given. Cut off a small piece of it and roll it into a ball the size of the brace that needs to be covered. Gently squeeze the wax ball over the brace that’s causing the irritation. Talking or eating with the wax in place is more comfortable immediately after its application. If the wax is swallowed, it’s okay. Replace it with a new piece. As always when wearing braces, eat slowly and cut the food into small pieces. It takes 2-3 days, and sometimes longer, to fully adjust to the pressure of the braces in the mouth. Discomfort and irritation will gradually lessen. Of course, please feel free to call the doctor’s office if you have any questions.
What if the wire works itself out of place? 
On occasion, the wire may come loose and become bothersome to the patient. If this happens, apply wax and schedule an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible to take care of it.
What happens if the patient has an accident?
Even though all patients are encouraged to wear a mouth guard while at play and are asked to enjoy the munch, not the crunch’ of hard foods by crushing  them into small, easy to eat pieces, sometimes the patient may forget become loose. If this happens due to an accident while playing sports, one should go straight to the nearest emergency room. if it happens while eating, the patient may not notice it until a later time. If the patient is able to remove the broken bracket or the one that is loose, they should do so. If it does not slide out, the patient may leave it alone. In any case, if the patient does not feel discomfort, he/she may wait until the next office visit. if the loose bracket has rotated on the wire and is sideways, one should try to rotate it back into position where it can slide easily along the wire, unless the wire has worked itself out of position,
How much should the patient wear their rubber bands? 
Rubber bands are to be worn while sleeping and as much as possible during the day if the doctor recommends to do so. They may be removed when eating or brushing. They should be changed daily. If the jaw muscles become sore, stop, rest and continue as soon as possible. If the bracket breaks, the patient should wear elastics on the remaining teeth until their next appointment.