Do your teeth stop you from smiling as much as you would like?
Cfast is a relatively quick way to transform your smile as it focuses only on the front teeth.
There are many ways to move your front teeth but the most common is by using a tooth coloured brace that is fixed to the front of your teeth. Cosmetic nickel titanium wires work in conjunction with ceramic brackets to gently move the teeth into a better position using very gentle force. Because the appliance has tooth coloured brackets and wires it is very discreet.
There are also braces that can be used on the inside of your teeth which are completely invisible, as well as plastic aligners for those patients that prefer a removable option.
Your dentist will be best placed to discuss with you what is most appropriate in your case.
Cfast focuses on just the front teeth, the teeth you can see when you smile, and is purely a cosmetic improvement.
Conventional orthodontics reposition all the teeth in your mouth, including the ones at the back, which adds significantly to the treatment time (usually around 18-24 months). Since most adults are not concerned about the position of their back teeth and want to avoid lengthy treatments, Cfast provides an ideal solution.
As with any orthodontic procedure there can be some discomfort for a few days after appliance is fitted. However, the force used by Cfast braces is very light and usually after the first 7-10 days there should be little to no pain at all.
During treatment you may find that the teeth become a little mobile and sensitive to pressure. This is quite normal and will fully resolve once the braces are removed
No, we only select cases where we can achieve a significant improvement in appearance, in a reasonable time frame. There may also be underlying health conditions or problems with some of your existing teeth which may mean that treatment either cannot be performed or needs to be modified.
As every patient case is different, your dentist will discuss with you in detail your particular situation to assess whether Cfast is suitable.
If you have opted for a fixed brace then it is advisable to avoid hard foods such as nuts, popcorn, crusty bread or any such foods that may accidentally dislodge the brackets.
It is also best to stay away from heavily coloured foods which may on occasion stain the brace. However if this does happen your dentist will be able to easily restore the cosmetic appearance.
It can be a little more challenging to clean your teeth if you are wearing a brace, but good oral hygiene is very important during treatment. Your dentist or dental hygienist will show you how to best look after your teeth as well as suggest the right products to use.
We will use 3D computer imaging, as well as models, to accurately show you what your teeth should look like following the straightening procedure.
Treatment should take no longer than 9 months, but the vast majority are complete in a 4-6 month period.
Your Dentist will be able to give you a rough idea of how long your own treatment will take when you attend your initial consultation.
Regardless of how teeth are moved, either by normal orthodontics, removable aligners or Cfast, if they are not held in position there is a strong possibility that they will start to move in time. Cfast provides two types of retainers; a fixed retainer which is permanently bonded to the inside of the teeth as well as a removable retainer that is worn overnight.
Your dentist will explain retainers in more detail when you attend your initial consultation.
With Cfast, extractions are not required. Space to relieve crowding is gained by gently easing the contact points between the teeth using a polishing strip. This creates a very small space between the teeth that allows them to move and slide past each other into a more ideal position.
The conservative removal of enamel between the teeth using these special polishing strips is very safe and a well-recognised procedure in dentistry and does not damage the teeth.
In rare circumstances the dentist may advocate the removal of a front tooth in the lower jaw if there is extreme crowding. However, if this is required you will be consulted fully and further special investigations will be carried out before proceeding.
Treatment costs may vary depending on each patients particular case, and whether there are any particular circumstances which may make treatment more complicated than normal. In general, the costs are comparable to other orthodontic and cosmetic procedures. Your dentist will be able to assess costs when you attend your initial consultation.
When you attend your initial consultation we will explain in detail what the price of treatment includes and provide a written estimate explaining the associated costs. In general the price will cover the initial investigations, fitting the appliance and all review appointments including any adjustments required, as well as the retainers.
Extras such as tooth whitening and modifications to the shape of teeth following the straightening process are usually charged separately.