Thursday, April 12, 2012

FASTBRACES: Is it too good to be true?

Think of the technological advances of the last 20 years.  Or even more recently, imagine the difference between the cell phone you had 5 years ago to the one you have now.  How about the television with the large back that now looks so huge next to flat panel televisions?  We have come to expect huge leaps in technology in many areas of our lives but in the health field, we tend to proceed more cautiously.   Aside from the addition of clear braces such as Invisalign, there has been very little change in the orthodontic field from when I was a kid.  That is why we are so excited here about Fastbraces and the changes it means for orthodontics.   Of course, sometimes it is hard to embrace change and I had some reservations when Dr. Zollinger first started exploring Fastbraces.  

Do Fastbraces really work or is it just a gimmick?  That is the exact question I asked myself before going to the Fastbraces seminar and training session.  I have been doing traditional braces for over 16 years and I thought how can they move the teeth so fast and safe.   There must be a catch, right?

Once the technology was explained, I found it was actually very simple … it is all in the design of the bracket and wire.  No tricks, just wonderful technological advancements. The bracket is designed to move the tooth in 4 directions at one time gently using low frictional force.  So what used to take us 24 months can be done in half the time in most cases.  

Another great thing is that because the technology is in the brackets and wires and not in the orthodontic process, there is no learning curve for Dr. Zollinger and our staff.  It is the same process as traditional braces, just different brackets and wires are used.  As a matter of fact to ensure the best outcomes for all patients, all Fastbraces cases are personally supervised by the Fastbraces headquarters in Texas.   They are so confident in your results that they offer a Lifetime Satisfaction Commitment.

Another concern for me was, is it safe?  It is actually safer than traditional braces due to having the brackets on for a shorter amount of time.  In orthodontics, it is common knowledge that the longer braces are on the teeth, the more chance for problems.  With less time the chance for permanent staining to the teeth, damage to the tooth due to poor brushing habits and chance of root problems, would be comparably reduced.

Although, Fastbraces is a new thing to us at Advance Family Dental it is a concept that has been used for over 20 years by Dr. Tony Viazis, creator of Fastbraces. Over 20 years ago, Dr. Zollinger started working with other brackets designed by Dr. Viazis with a lot of success. So when he heard about Fastbraces and had the opportunity to work with Dr. Viazis again, he jumped at the opportunity.  

I am so glad to be working with Dr. Zollinger who is always striving to improve on how we provide dentistry to our patients. I have been so amazed with the results I have seen that I wish I could share this technological breakthrough with all our patients and friends.  If you have any questions, the Fastbraces website is very informative,  Or feel free to email me at

Hope to see you soon for you complimentary Fastbraces consult.

Orthodontic Treatment Coordinator


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