Read our comprehensive Fastbraces review so you can find out if this is the best treatment for you. Fastbraces is a brand of adult braces that has been around for almost 30 years, using a tried and trusted (yet still innovative) technology to straighten teeth in half the time of traditional braces.
If shorter braces time interests you, read on to find out about:
- Average cost of Fastbraces
- Treatment time
- …and more!
We hope this article helps you figure out the best orthodontic treatment for your lifestyle, your budget, and your smile.
Table of contents
- 1 What is Fastbraces?
- 2 How much does Fastbraces cost?
- 3 Fastbraces vs. Invisalign
- 4 Other Fastbraces alternatives
- 5 Fastbraces reviews
- 6 Conclusion
- 7 FAQs
What is Fastbraces?
Fastbraces is a type of orthodontic braces that is, as the name suggests, fast. These speedy brackets are not a novelty; in fact, they've been around since 1992 as a faster way to move teeth.
Traditional braces can take up to two years (and possibly even more) to completely straighten teeth. The makers of Fastbraces wanted to significantly shorten treatment time while still being able to treat complex cases of malocclusion (tooth, bite, and jaw misalignment), in an effort to make orthodontics more accessible to the 60% to 70% of the population who have misaligned teeth.
How long does Fastbraces take?
Fastbraces can treat complex cases in as little as a few months to a year, potentially cutting traditional braces treatment time by more than 50%. Some patients can see noticeable results in just a few weeks.
How does Fastbraces work?
Fastbraces use an innovative patented system that involves triangular brackets and a square wire. This technology works to move the crown of the tooth and the root into place at the same time. These triangular brackets have an elevated slot that works to increase the connecting wire's flexibility, allowing for extra force to be exerted on the tooth root.
Traditional braces, on the other hand, move teeth in two stages. First, the crown of the tooth is eased into proper alignment, and then the root of the tooth is moved. Usually, a whole year is needed for each stage, which is why braces treatment often lasts two years.
What are the benefits of Fastbraces?
Not only does Fastbraces offer a much faster treatment time, but the braces are also safe, convenient, cost-effective, and lower maintenance than traditional braces. Some of these benefits include:
- Fewer trips to the orthodontist
- More affordable than traditional braces
- Easier to clean around than square brackets
How much does Fastbraces cost?
Fastbraces costs around $4,000 on average. Traditional braces tend to cost more but can range anywhere from $2,500 to $7,500. Invisalign costs from $3,500 to $8,500. The reason why Fastbraces doesn't cost more than normal braces is mainly because fewer visits to your orthodontist are required due to the shorter treatment time. That means you pay less for your orthodontist's time and services.
Fastbraces vs. Invisalign
Fastbraces and Invisalign really aren't very much alike because Fastbraces uses a bracket system and Invisalign is a type of invisible braces, also referred to as clear aligners. What's more, Invisalign takes longer and costs more on average than Fastbraces. To get a full picture of the comparison between these two brands so you can figure out which is best for you, have a look at the table below:
Other Fastbraces alternatives
Invisalign isn't the only competitor of Fastbraces out there, and Fastbraces isn't the only type of fast braces. There are also various brands of clear aligners, part of a booming multibillion-dollar industry, to choose from as well. Some of these at-home options offer an average treatment time of six months, like Candid aligners, Byte, ALIGNERCO, NewSmile and Six Month Smile braces. Let's have a quick look at some of the most popular options available:
- Advanced remote monitoring technology
- Visit a Studio or take impressions at home
- Monitored exclusively by orthodontists
$2,400$2,100 or $79/month
Candid are leading the way in remote monitoring technology, ensuring your treatment is efficient and effective. Their orthodontist-only team follow rigorous checks when planning and conducting your treatment to give you the best results.
- A free impression kit
- Free whitening foam
- $300 off for a limited time
- A full refund if you're not a good candidate
Finance is available from $99/month, and you can also buy just the starter kit to begin with.
- Complete treatment 100% remotely
- Amazing customer service
- Nighttime-only option
- $1,195 or $84/month
NewSmile aligners are made from the clearest Essix plastic and come with a daytime or nighttime-only option to suit you. For just $1,195 you'll receive everything you need to straighten and whiten your teeth – and maintain your new smile:
- Home impression kit
- Full aligner treatment
- Free whitening
- First set of retainers
- A full refund if you're not a good fit
NewSmile go above and beyond to provide a great experience to all their customers, beginning with a live video call to help you with your teeth impressions. Mail these back, and they'll send a 3D Treatment Preview for you to approve before going ahead.
- Complete treatment 100% remotely
- Excellent customer care
- Nighttime-only option
- $1,145 or $95/month
If you're looking for the best value aligner package, here it is! For just $1,145 you'll get:
- Impression kit
- Full aligner treatment course
- Your first set of retainers
In short, everything needed to straighten your teeth remotely and keep them looking great, with a full money-back guarantee if you're not a suitable candidate.
This low price doesn't mean you're compromising on quality of care, though. ALIGNERCO just choose not to put so much into marketing, and they pass on the savings to their customers. They are also known for their responsive and helpful customer care, which is important when you're doing things from home.
Plus, if you're in New York, you can visit their SmileStudio for a free consultation and help taking your impressions.
Nighttime-only aligners are also available for anyone who doesn't want to wear aligners during the day.
- 3-4 month average treatment time
- Assessed and planned by orthodontists
- Includes whitening and first retainers
- $1,895 or $83/month
Byte's HyperByte technology uses High Frequency Vibration to help your teeth move faster and with minimal discomfort. Their average treatment time is just 3-4 months, compared to 6 months for most others.
Treatment includes your first set of retainers. You'll also get their BrightByte 3-in-1 foam to whiten your teeth, clean your aligners and freshen your breath. And their Byte-for-life guarantee means you'll get free adjustments if your teeth start to move again.
Begin by ordering an impression kit so their orthodontists can assess whether you're a good match.
Let's have a look at some Fastbraces reviews to see what patients are saying about treatment. If you're considering treatment with Fastbraces, you'll be encouraged to know that there aren't many strong Fastbraces complaints on the internet.
Martha's Fastbraces review
Martha is in her twenties and decided she wanted to straighten her teeth. She was originally going to get traditional braces, and her orthodontist told her she would have to get four teeth extracted. She understands that that's a part of normal orthodontic treatment, but Martha has a fear of going to the dentist, so she was very upset with the idea of getting teeth pulled. But she decided to go ahead with the treatment anyways.
Just before she started the process, her dentist called her to talk about Fastbraces as an option. And it turns out that with Fastbraces, she didn't have to get her teeth extracted so she decided on Fastbraces in the end.
She also considered Invisalign for a brief moment but decided not to go with them, mostly because she was worried about compliance and price issues, and treatment for complex cases like hers could take much longer.
You can watch Martha's in-depth review of her experience so far with Fastbraces in the video below. And stay tuned for her after-treatment review as well.
Fastbraces before and after
The following isn't so much a review as an awesome time-lapse of Kerry's journey with Fastbraces, taking photos all along the way. It looks like she might have done some teeth-whitening after her treatment as well—a true smile transformation.
Kent's Fastbraces review
“You're never too old to fix your teeth.”Kent
Nursing student Kent has had his Fastbraces for a year, which is on the longer end for treatment with Fastbraces, but that's because COVID-19 closed down his orthodontist's office and he had a really complex case of teeth misalignment.
Checking in with us now, his teeth look very straight, and he's nearing the end of his treatment. Kent is overall happy with his experience, and even though he still has his braces on, he notices that he feels more self-confident when he smiles. You can see the rest of his review in the video below:
Fastbraces are a bracket-and-wire braces system, just like traditional metal braces. However, the brackets are shaped like a triangle, and the wire is placed higher up than it is with normal braces. This allows the Fastbraces to move the root and crown of the teeth at the same time, whereas traditional braces first move the crown and then the root.
The result? Treatment time only lasts from three months to a year, even for complex cases of malocclusion.
Since Fastbraces requires specific training and technology, not all orthodontists offer it. So this may not be an option for you. Additionally, if you are looking for a less expensive way to straighten mild cases, you may want to consider at-home clear aligners for invisible straightening.
Can you get Fastbraces online?
Fastbraces is not a type of mail-order braces. You have to have an in-office consultation with your orthodontist who will take impressions or scans of your teeth, just as you would with traditional braces. You then need to visit your orthodontist regularly to get the necessary adjustments.
How long does Fastbraces take?
Fastbraces can treat complex cases in as little as a few months to a year, potentially cutting traditional braces treatment time by more than 50%. Some patients can see noticeable results in just a few weeks. That's thanks to Fastbraces' unique technology that moves the tooth root at the same time as it does the crown. Traditional braces take longer because the crown is moved first, and then the root comes after.
Is Fastbraces effective?
Many patients find Fastbraces to be an effective treatment. Ultimately, your orthodontist will be able to tell you if you can have Fastbraces, or if you need to get traditional metal braces. If you have only mild to moderate teeth straightening needs, you may even be able to opt for at-home clear aligners, which are much less expensive on average and also have short treatment times.
Are Fastbraces brackets clear?
Fastbraces is just like traditional metal braces in that the brackets aren't clear. You can request clear brackets for Fastbraces, but they will cost more. The metal wire connecting each bracket will still be quite visible.