It’s that time of the year again to celebrate one of my favourite passions in life, Star wars! I grew up with Star Wars and loved the movies and playing with the toys, and I love that I get to do it all again now with my kids. So the new Star Wars trailer just came out and as the big nerd I am, I watch it over and over again. And as I was doing that I got to thinking about the Force. For those who haven’t watched Star Wars, there is something called the Force, which Obi-wan described as “an energy field created by all living things”.
Well in Dentistry we use Orthodontic Forces to move teeth when we straighten someone’s smile. So in Star Wars there is the light side of the Force, which is the side of the noble and good, like Luke Skywalker and Yoda from the original Trilogy and Rey from the new Star Wars movies. And of course, there is the Dark side of the force, which is the side of corruption and evil like Darth Vader and Kylo Ren.
Well in Orthodontics we have two main methods or types of Forces we can use to straighten your teeth and achieve your beautiful smile. One way we move teeth is with Traditional braces, which typically take about 2 to 5 years depending on the complexity of the treatment. At our office we use the Fastbraces® System which allows us to move teeth more safely and efficiently due to the design of the wire and brackets and the light forces they deliver.
In traditional braces we have to use a series of light wires to align the teeth first and then once they are aligned we use a heavier thicker wire to start aligning the roots. With the Fastbraces® system there is only one wire which has the same diameter as the heavier wires used in traditional orthodontics , but it is engineered to be flexible and apply light forces where it needs to so that we can move teeth much more efficiently and safely than ever before.
That combined with the specially designed bracket, we typically cut treatment times in half. In fact most patients are done treatments in 6 months to a year, and some as little as 12 weeks. Obviously this varies based on difficulty of case and patient cooperation, but hey half the time than normal braces is always good, and the best part is, it costs about the same or less than traditional braces!
The other way we straighten teeth is with Aligners which are a series of Trays that are specially engineered to apply different forces to your teeth with each aligner. Each Aligner you wear will apply specific forces to move specific teeth and each aligner gets you closer and closer to your ideal result. The trays come in and out of your mouth, so they can be removed when needed, and when you have to eat or brush your teeth. The biggest problem is, you do have to wear them for your teeth to move. Not everyone is a candidate for ClearCorrect Aligners also known as invisible braces, but it is a great alternative for those who do not want to wear braces.
If you want to have Straight teeth and a beautiful smile, AND the confidence and self -esteem that often comes with it, you have two great options at Bradford Family Dentistry. The transformations in peoples ‘ smiles is not the only thing we love to see when patients finish their Fastbraces® or Clear Correct treatments, it’s that glitter in their eyes, it’s the tears of joy, it’s that confidence to smile proudly, that feeling that they no longer have to hide their smile, they can be who they are meant to be, it is all of that and more.
We love changing peoples’ lives and giving them back their confidence. I am obligated to say that I am not an Orthodontist, but I am a general dentist who has been actively providing Orthodontic care since 2001. It is one of the services I am most proud to provide at my office because of the difference it makes in peoples’ lives.
So if you want that beautiful straight smile too, you only have to decide which side of the Force you want? Fastbraces® or Clear Correct, you decide! And remember DO or DO NOT. There is no Try!
Your Star Wars Loving Dentist – Dr. Jesse Chai
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