Quick braces… Sound too good to be true?
6 month braces… Let us take a closer look
Orthodontic appliances (braces) have seen a tremendous change as technology has advanced over the 20th century. What began as large, unsightly and uncomfortable rings around teeth are now small, discrete, smooth and invisible braces and aligners, which has seen a tremendous gain in popularity for people wanting to straighten their teeth. The procedures have been simplified, the materials have advanced and above all, there has been a tremendous social shift towards having whiter, more youthful and beautiful smiles.
Marketing and braces
Naturally, the world of marketing has quickly caught up with this braces trend and many braces companies (manufacturers) and dental providers have brainstormed different marketing campaigns to help sell their products and rise above the competition. There have been numerous claims made relating to the shape, materials, design and look of braces. You can now get braces in the shape of a triangle, a gold star or even Mickey Mouse!. However, consumers need to be very aware of this marketing push as most claims made are not supported by science and sometimes are hugely inaccurate and misleading.
So, how long do braces take to work?
How long do I need braces for?
The braces journey can range hugely between different patients. There are treatments that require very quick, simple, small and snappy movements that an orthodontist might achieve in 2-3 visits, meaning around 4-6 months of wearing braces, Whalaaaa! Straight teeth. However, we need to appreciate that not every person needs very simple movements. It is often that patients presenting to a specialist orthodontist require more elaborate correction of a group of teeth, in different dimensions and possibly, a correction of the bite also. Specialist orthodontists have a responsibility to patients – due to their expertise, experience and extensive education; they are able to achieve an excellent treatment result that is stable and provide information that is accurate and customised for each and every consumer. This includes information of the speed or length of braces treatment (or alternative treatment options) and the relative costs.
Not only does the initial position of a tooth/group of teeth matter when it comes to correcting alignment issues, but specialist orthodontists have a particular and in-depth understanding of the biology of tooth movement. It is important to understand that no two patients are ever the same with regards to treatment, because the way that the teeth move, the bones heal and the muscles are positioned, one requires much knowledge and understanding to be able to treat patient’s teeth alignment issues. Being a specialist means that you specialise only in this field, which makes you somewhat of a wiz kid in straightening teeth, aligning groups of teeth and correcting bad bites… and because you are so experienced at doing this, you tend to get it done in the most efficient timeframe (which reduces costs), every time.
How many times do you want to be treated?
When all consumers are grouped as one and a blanket rule is applied e.g. “6 month braces”, this is where we start to see lots of broken promises, failed treatment, unstable results and at the end of the day, unhappy patients. So the next time you hear that it is hot, fast and cheap… think twice!
Our specialist orthodontists are highly respected experts in their field – Come and see the difference for yourself! Mo and Azza