Short term braces are a great orthodontic option for those who want to improve the appearance of their front upper or lower teeth. As the name states, this is a short term option and is therefore better for making small changes. For those who desire a quick fix for crooked teeth, short term braces can be a great option. For those who want a smile makeover before a big event such as a wedding, short term braces can definitely provide that extra confidence boost!
Short term braces are usually made of the same types of brackets as traditional braces. They are designed to straighten teeth in about a six month period. While a good option for many, short term braces are not effective for all. Here are some people who wouldn’t be suited for short-term braces.
Children or Teenagers
Many children receive traditional braces during adolescence (between ages 10–14). This is an ideal time for orthodontia as all the adult teeth are in and the head, mouth, and jaw are still growing. This is the best time to mould the bite into straightness. Short term braces are designed for adults; younger patients will benefit more from comprehensive orthodontic treatment in order to create a perfect bite in adulthood.
People with Severe Bite Issues
Short term braces are meant to straighten teeth only in the front of the mouth. For those with more severe issues in their bite, such as an overbite or underbite, and issues with back teeth and the jaw, more comprehensive orthodontics will be needed to fully fix the problem. While a good quick fix, short-term braces are not a substitute for traditional braces.
For those who have gum disease, or are prone to it, orthodontics aren’t recommended. While re-spacing the teeth may lead to healthier gums in the future, trying to adjust the teeth when the gums are already unhealthy can make things worse. Make sure to speak to your dentist about gum disease, and be aware of the dangers.
If you are unsure whether or not short term braces are right for you, the best thing to do is to discuss it with your dentist. While a good choice for those who wish for a straighter smile, there are also many other orthodontic options that may be better for you, including traditional braces, veneers, and invisible braces. Your dentist will be able to advise you on the best individual option for you!