Once, the fast solution to have straight teeth was to correct the alignment with porcelain veneers, as it was a quicker alternative over traditional orthodontic treatment.
However this is a costly and intrusive treatment which permanently damages tooth structure, and requires a high level of maintenance throughout the patient’s life.
As times have moved on traditional orthodontics have developed resulting in systems, which not only reduce the lengthy treatment time, but have become aesthetically more pleasing for the patient. This has made cosmetic orthodontics the preferred treatment over restorative treatments, as it does not damage healthy tooth structure and nothing will need to be replaced as your natural tooth is not harmed.
The reason that orthodontic treatment time has been cut in half is because new systems such as Cfast only focus on the “social six”, the front teeth that most influence the smile. The process is further enhanced with the use of special nickel-titanium wires, which exert gentle pressure to force movement in the teeth. The treatment is gentle and minimally invasive and by using clear brackets and tooth coloured wires, Cfast is barely noticeable.
Standard orthodontic mechanics are still involved with Cfast, but because it’s just the front teeth, the force required is minimal. The nickel-titanium wires exert mild pressure to force the teeth to move and this is done without the need for severe tightening, which causes the discomfort noted in conventional orthodontic treatments.