The question of “what type of braces work the fastest?” is one that we hear a lot during our free orthodontic consultations. No matter what type of braces you choose, there is bound to be some discomfort and most people want to get them on and off as quickly as possible.
Unfortunately, there’s no magic solution or quick fix when it comes to straightening your teeth. However, there are several options that can help reduce the amount of time that you need to wear braces.
Of course, time is not the only factor to consider when choosing braces; you will also need to consider things like cost and what style of braces is most appropriate for your teeth.
Because each person’s mouth is different, it’s impossible to universally say which type of braces work the fastest. Here are some things to keep in mind regarding braces and treatment speed:
What’s Your Timeline?
The decisions about whether or not to get braces and what type of braces to get should be a conversation between you and your orthodontist. Our team will work with you to achieve your goals and desired timeframe for completing treatment if you have one.
Do you want to have straight teeth for your wedding or another big life event? Or maybe you want them for your child before they go to college? If you have a specific deadline in mind for when you need to have your braces off, please be sure to let us know that as early as possible.
We will do everything we can to meet that timeline, but we can only do that if we have the information up front. Our options are often limited once braces go on, but we’ll work with you to adjust the treatment plan if needed along the way.
If you are on a short timeline or want to minimize the amount of time you wear braces, there are several products on the market that can make your orthodontic treatment go a little quicker.
These products work by transmitting micropulses to the roots of your teeth, which increases the speed at which they move into place. Think of it as a jump start for your mouth. If used consistently and correctly, it can cut the time you need to b
These accelerators are not intended for children and may not be suited for some adults depending on your dental history and other factors. Your orthodontist will work with you to determine whether you are a good candidate for accelerators and work them into your treatment plan.
Invisalign also offers express treatment options that last 10 or 20 weeks. This involves wearing the aligner trays nearly around the clock and changing them out every week or so as your teeth continue to shift.
This is a higher level of maintenance (and cost, in most cases) than traditional braces, but may be worth it if you are on a tight timeline to complete your orthodontic treatment.
Moving Beyond Speed
How quickly braces straighten teeth is just one of several factors to keep in mind when considering what type of braces you should get. Cost, dental history, and the current state of your teeth all play a role and should be considered when developing a treatment plan.
As tempting as it might be, try to avoid coming into the orthodontist’s office with a preconceived notion of what you want. Instead, be prepared to discuss your goals, your budget, your lifestyle, and your dental history.
Your orthodontist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for you based on that information. In the end, a treatment plan that you can follow is the fastest solution to having the straight teeth you desire.
To learn more about orthodontic treatment options, contact us to schedule a free consultation.