If you’re looking for a speedier way to straighten your teeth with braces, you’re in luck. Accelerated orthodontics is a new concept in orthodontic treatment that can accomplish the same goals as traditional orthodontics in much less time.
“Accelerated orthodontics is becoming popular with adults because the procedure allows teeth to straighten in months rather than years,” says Robert Bray, DDS, an orthodontist in Atlantic City, NJ, and president of the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO).
According to the AAO, today one in five orthodontic patients is an adult.
Advantages of Accelerated Orthodontics
The main advantage of accelerated orthodontics is speed. “With traditional orthodontics, patients may need to wear braces for two to four years, but accelerated orthodontics shortens that time to under a year,” explains Dr. Bray. Most accelerated orthodontics patients wear braces for just three to eight months.
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
While traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, cosmetic dentistry focuses on the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile.
“Recent advances in cosmetic dentistry allow dentists to offer everything from improved teeth whitening to translucent tooth coverings to complete smile makeovers,” says Dr. Harms. Cosmetic dentistry has been around for decades, but the materials used today are more durable and natural looking than those used in the past.
According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), two-thirds of patients seeking cosmetic dentistry are female, and the average amount spent on cosmetic procedures by these patients in 2007 was a little less than $4,000. However, some cosmetic dentistry procedures can cost as little as $300. Because cosmetic dentistry is considered elective rather than “necessary,” it’s not usually covered by insurance.
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