According to the American Association of Orthodontists, 4.5 Americans wear braces on their teeth on any given day. People of all ages and for various reasons, ranging from simple cosmetic imperfections to larger alignment issues like malocclusion; choose braces to improve their smile and oral health. The most traditional option of brackets and multiple wires can take years to align a smile properly due to the slow process of first moving the crown of the tooth in the first year of treatment and then the root in the last year. There is another option, however, and over the past decade, thousands have come to love Fastbraces.
Fastbraces was introduced in 1992 and developed to straighten teeth differently and in less time than traditional braces. Fastbraces Technology uses a patented system with a triangular bracket and a specific, single square, elastic wire that corrects the position of the root of the tooth simultaneously as the crown. The triangular brackets are spaced wider than normal brackets, which increase the flexibility of the wire and in turn allows treatment to be completed in as little time as three months but up to one year, instead of the traditional two years or more.
Another innovation with Fastbraces is the option for clear brackets and wire. This allows your braces to be less noticeable and for patients to have more confidence while wearing them. Not only are Fastbraces fast, but the pain typically associated with traditional braces is drastically reduced due to less friction according to research conducted by Fastbraces practitioners. Fastbraces patients also typically have less dental visits during their treatment, taking up less time out of their everyday schedules.
After a patient completes their Fastbraces treatment, they are given a retainer to wear at night while they sleep to keep their teeth from shifting back to their previous position. Traditional retainers have to be work at all times except while eating.
Fastbraces has also been found to help decrease cases of orthodontist of the gums, gingivitis around crooked teeth, in certain patients due to the technology that helps alveolar bone growth and ortho-eruption while decreasing the chances of having to extract certain teeth to obtain maximum results.
Higginbotham Family Dental is pleased to offer this technology at our Blytheville, AR and West Memphis, AR offices. Dr. Katie Bell is certified to provide Fastbraces to any patient looking for a quicker and more convenient braces alternative. We offer Free Braces Consults to all patients where Dr. Bell can discuss the Fastbraces process and cost as well as a patient’s eligibility for the treatment. Patients need only call the respective offices and request an ortho consult to be scheduled.
There are several different dental insurance plans out there available. Some cover braces for children only while others cover both children and adults. There are also insurance plans that do not have any braces coverage. Regardless of how much or how little your dental insurance covers, we want to make sure that our patients are able to get the dental care they need without having to stress over the out-of-pocket costs. We offer Interest-Free Financing through our offices for all patients. It is easy to apply online at www.higginbothamfamilydental.com with applicants receiving a reply within two business days. Financing is available with amounts over $500 and treatment must be started within 30 days for the financing agreement to be valid. All financing is strictly through Higginbotham Family Dental and not a third party. We also accept Care Credit for those who wish to utilize it.
Depending on a particular patient’s case, other braces and ortho options may be best suited. At Higginbotham Family Dental, we want to make sure our patients have the best possible treatment options that will give them an optimal smile. Traditional braces, as well as Invisalign, are offered at our additional offices in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee. As mentioned above, traditional braces use wires and rubber bands to move the crown and root of a tooth while Invisalign is a type of aligners that fit over the existing teeth and straighten teeth gradually by placing new sets of aligners every few weeks. Every patient has a particular reason for wanting or needing braces and we are happy to offer multiple options that will best benefit our patient’s needs and budget.
Braces are not only for correcting cosmetic issues. Keep in mind that not correcting an abnormal bite, or malocclusion, could result in further oral health problems, according to the American Dental Association. Malocclusion is when there’s a difference in the sizes of the top and bottom jaws. When the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, it’s called an overbite. When the lower jaw is bigger, it’s called an underbite. Any one of the following could lead to costlier complications later in life.
• tooth decay
• gum disease
• tooth loss
• affected speech and/or chewing
• abnormal wear to tooth enamel
• jaw problems
Higginbotham Family Dental also offers extended hours and Saturday availability that allows our patients to get their dental treatment at a time that is convenient for them and their busy schedules. Don’t let your concerns regarding time, cost or efficiency keep you from reaching for the smile of your dreams. Our dedicated dentists and staff are happy to hear all of your concerns and start a treatment plan that is right for you. Call one of our offices located in Jonesboro, Paragould, Blytheville, West Memphis, and Little, Rock, AR or Memphis, TN and Kennett, MO to discuss a free consultation.