Auckland Orthodontist Dr. Lutz Bachmann and wife Dr. Claudia Bachmann share with their patients the benefits of choosing self-ligating SPEED brackets to treat alignment issues.
ALBANY, AUCKLAND– A growing number of orthodontic patients are feeling the “need for speed,” as in SPEED self-ligating brackets.
SPEED is a teeth-straightening system that uses self-ligating brackets that don’t require elastic ties to straighten teeth.
“Besides being incredibly effective, this system offers enormous oral hygiene benefits,” says Dr. Lutz Bachmann.
Some of the benefits of choosing to undergo treatment with the SPEED system include:
- Shorter treatment times
- Better aesthetics
- Improved hygiene
- Space-age technology
- Fewer doctor visits
Teeth Move Faster and Less Painfully with SPEED Brackets
Self-ligating brackets are superior to traditional styles that use elastic ties since they require less pressure and friction to move teeth into alignment, says Dr. Claudia Bachmann, who uses this system for underbite correction and other malocclusions.
SPEED enables Dr. Claudia to often complete treatments not requiring extractions in a year. Treatment requiring extractions can take 18 months to two years.
“It’s important for parents to understand that tooth extraction isn’t always necessary, provided we see their child early enough and identify the need to create more space for adult tooth eruption,” Dr. Lutz says. “When that happens, we can use an appliance called a Rapid Maxillary Expander to create more space.”
The Rapid Maxillary Expander is installed between the teeth of the upper jaw to separate the palate’s connective suture. A key is turned twice daily for about two weeks, which achieves rapid expansion. Improvements are often permanent if a removable retainer is worn properly for approximately 12 months while new bone forms.
Show Your Smile, Not Your Braces
SPEED brackets are one-third the size of traditional braces and boast a cleaner design. The smaller size means more natural tooth shows, the Albany, Auckland orthodontist says.
Keeping Braces Clean is a Breeze
The rounded surfaces also mean less area for food to get trapped.
Space Age Technology Makes Rubber Bands Obsolete
“Many of our younger patients come in excited about getting braces with the cool colours,” says Dr. Claudia, a kids orthodontics specialist. “We say you won’t find them here, but what you will find are braces created using Space Age technology that look even better.”
The same technology that goes into making Apache helicopters and Boeing Dreamliners goes into the crafting of SPEED appliances, according to the SPEED website. There is nothing “Space Age” about a tiny rubber band, which happens to be quite unsanitary. Besides, those cool neon green bands you get will probably look brown as you near your next appointment, thanks to staining caused by the foods and beverages you consume.
Fewer Orthodontic Visits
Elastic O-rings begin to lose their elasticity from the time they are installed, which means subsequent office visits are needed to replace weakened bands with fresh ones. The technology behind SPEED brackets means they don’t lose their effectiveness during treatment. Painful maintenance appointments are eliminated, which means fewer orthodontic visits for busy families.
SPEED has been on the market for more than 30 years and boasts the most successful track record when it comes to treating misaligned teeth, the SPEED site states. It is the only system that uses the “super elastic” clip to replace elastic O-rings of traditional orthodontic appliances. The clip acts like a microchip for your teeth, storing and releasing energy according to our specific programming.