Dr. Kathryn Kennedy in Westmont, Illinois provides both general dentistry as well as comprehensive orthodontics. After providing orthodontic services for many years, Dr. Kennedy found that one of the major motivators for getting braces for young adults was crowding in the front six teeth. Because of that, she took courses in a process called FastBraces®. By focusing primarily on making sure the front six upper and lower teeth are in alignment, we can shorten the time needed to accomplish significant esthetic changes for our patients.
Below is an actual patient of Dr. Kathryn Kennedy using orthodontics to correct their bite:
Certain circumstances require the back teeth to be properly aligned in order to maintain a stable bite and straight front teeth. Often, it could be from oral habits such as tongue thrust, thumb sucking, or biting on hard items over time. Generally speaking, both the upper and the lower teeth need to be rotated or straightened at the same time to help keep each other in line.
FastBraces® works by utilizing a square wire that torques the roots of the teeth to be in proper alignment with the crown of the teeth. Having the roots upright will help with allowing a more stable and straight position for the teeth. This relatively new technology allows orthodontic movement to straighten teeth in shorter time frame than traditional orthodontics and in a somewhat reduced price.
In some cases, we have been able to achieve visible results in as little as four months, although we suggest six to ten months may be needed in more severe cases. Moving teeth too quickly can cause other problems such as bone loss and gum recession, therefore, we only move teeth at a pace that the bone can reform as the teeth are moving in the jaw.
WHAT ARE FASTBRACES®?
FastBraces® is a brand name for a method of straightening teeth. The reason FastBraces® works so well, is that it encourages bodily movement of the teeth AND the roots at the same time, rather than simply moving or tilting just the top of the teeth.
HOW LONG DOES FASTBRACES® TAKE?
The process depends on the severity of teeth crowding and the age of the patient. Most cases take less than one year with some taking a little as four months.
IS FASTBRACES® COVERED BY MY DENTAL INSURANCE?
If your dental plan covers orthodontics, then it would be a covered benefit. It doesn’t matter which method of braces or aligners you use, it’s more the resulting treatment and the necessity of the treatment that the insurance companies are concerned with.
CAN THIS PROCESS WORK FOR ADULTS?
Yes, many of our patients who chose this method of teeth straightening are adults. In fact, because it is typically shorter than traditional braces, it means less time you will have metal on your teeth.
Some additional case of FASTBRACES® done by Dr. Kennedy:
COMPARISON OF FASTBRACES® to full mouth braces:
Whether you are looking to have conventional orthodontics or look into this method of orthodontics, Dr. Kathryn Kennedy has the experience you need to make the right decision. Call our Westmont, IL office today to find out if this procedure is best for you!
331 W. 63rd St.
Westmont, IL 60559
We're located at the corner of 63rd and Williams,
one block west of Cass Ave.
331 W. 63rd St.
Westmont, IL 60559
We're located at the corner of 63rd and Willaims, one block west of Cass Ave.