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CFastTM braces

What are Cfast™ braces?

Cfast is a simple cosmetic system which uses orthodontic appliances specially designed to straighten the front teeth of adults to provide a significant improvement in the appearance of their smile in a time frame of around 6 months (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 treatment will take in your case when you attend for your initial consultation.
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How do Cfast™ braces work?

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 align the teeth into a better position using very light forces. Because the appliance has tooth coloured brackets and wires it is very discreet.

However there are also braces that can be used on the inside of your teeth which are completely invisible as well as plastic aligners for patients that prefer a removable option.

Your dentist will be best placed to discuss with you what is most appropriate in your case.

Cfast™ Clear Braces

Cfast labial is an innovative cosmetic orthodontic procedure that straightens the front teeth. It is not a replacement for conventional orthodontic treatment, but involves simple corrections that are carried out by our accredited Cfast dentists. By using aesthetically pleasing clear brackets and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires placed on the front surface of the teeth, Cfast is readily accepted and proving hugely popular across the world.

Unlike many clear aligner systems, the movement is more predictable and is typically completed faster with the average treatment time being just 5 months.

Cfast are very discreet and hard to notice unless people get really close, Cfast will not affect your speech or eating, we have placed them on some very famous people without the press ever knowing.
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Why is it so fast?

Cfast focuses on just the front teeth, the teeth you can see when you smile for a purely cosmetic improvement. Teeth at the front of the mouth have just one root and the bone here is less dense that at the back of the mouth. As such treatment can be concluded in a significantly shorter time frame when compared with traditional braces.

Conventional orthodontics repositions all the teeth in your mouth including the ones at the back which adds significantly to the time – usually around 18-24 months.

Frequently asked questions

Is it painful?

As with any orthodontic procedure there can be some discomfort for a few days after appliance is fitted. However because with Cfast the forces are very light 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 when the braces are removed.

Will I be restricted in what I can eat?

If have opted for a fixed brace the it is advisable to avoid hard foods such as nuts, popcorns, 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.
With removable aligners, it is best that these are removed before eating or drinking.

Will I have problems cleaning my teeth?

It can be a little more challenging to clean your teeth if you are wearing a brace. However good oral hygiene is very important during treatment and your dentist or dental hygienist will show you how to best look after your teeth as well as suggest the right products to use.

How long does treatment take?

Cfast is a procedure in cosmetic dentistry know as cosmetic orthodontics or short-term orthodontics. By definition treatment times are significantly shorter than conventional orthodontics. 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 treatment will take in your case when you attend for your initial consultation.

How long does treatment take?

Cfast is a procedure in cosmetic dentistry know as cosmetic orthodontics or short-term orthodontics. By definition treatment times are significantly shorter than conventional orthodontics. 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 treatment will take in your case when you attend for your initial consultation.

Will I need to wear retainers?

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. The Cfast protocol provides two types of retainers; a fixed retainer which is permanently bonded to the inside of the teeth as well as a removable retainer which is worn over night.
The removable retainer, which is worn every night is the main retainer. It is advisable that for the first year you wear the retainer every night while sleeping only and 3-4 nights per week thereafter. As long as you wear your retainer your teeth will not move. The fixed retainer is a very thin metal strip which is invisible and very comfortable. This is the back-up retainer and is there to ensure that there is no significant tooth movement should the removable retainer become lost or damaged. They can last over 2 years and may require repair or replacement.
Your dentist will explain retainers in more detail when you attend for your initial consultation.

Will I need to have teeth taken out?

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 allow 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.
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