Short-term orthodontics works like other types of braces, but as their name suggests, provide a quicker treatment time. While these options are limited in terms of which bite irregularities they can correct within their time frame, they offer the same permanent improvements to appearance, comfort, and oral functioning. At the same time, candidates for these treatments enjoy added benefits, such as saving time and money. Here is a deeper look at these types of braces, what they can accomplish and what options they offer.
Why Get Short-Term Orthodontics?
Bite irregularities can vary significantly in their severity, and this determines how much treatment is necessary. When bite irregularities are minimal, treatment time of one to two years may be unnecessary. Houston patients can often choose short-term orthodontics in these cases. In the process, patients save time and money by reducing their total treatment time and number of appointments.
What Short-Term Options Are Available?
Our short-term orthodontics appliances are offered in metal and clear. Six-month braces are the short-term form of metal braces and use the same brackets and wires associated with their conventional counterparts. Invisalign Express is the discreet alternative to six-month braces, the shorted version of Invisalign Full. Using aligners like those used with Invisalign Full, Express can take anywhere from three to nine months depending on how much treatment patients need.
Who Is a Candidate for Short-Term Braces?
Patients eligible for short-term braces are those who have mild bite irregularities. Patients experiencing orthodontic relapse after previous braces can usually also opt for short-term braces to have their smile restored quickly. Some individuals also choose short-term braces as part of preparation for weddings, vacations, or other events where they want their smile to look amazing.
Many mild cases of overcrowding, over bite, underbite, and irregular spacing can be corrected with short-term orthodontics and the guidance of our dentists in Houston. After treatment, patients start wearing a retainer, which helps ensure the results last. Every patient interested in short-term braces requires an exam to confirm their candidacy for these options. At a consultation with our orthodontic center in Houston, patients can find out whether short-term braces can straighten their teeth.
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