What is Short Term Cosmetic Orthodontics?
SHORT TERM ORTHO (STO) is traditional orthodontics with a twist. Instead of focusing on a patient’s back teeth and the way they bite, we focus on the front teeth and the way they look. The goal of STO is to improve the appearance and cosmetics of your front teeth, while not dramatically altering your back teeth or bite. Doing so allows us to complete treatment very quickly, usually in as little as 6 months!
Is it safe for my teeth, roots, and gums?
STO is just as safe as traditional orthodontics. We use low-force wires to gently move teeth into the proper position. You will also be provided with a cushioning material if there are any areas of irritation.
Is it uncomfortable?
Typically patients experience minor soreness for the first couple days after starting treatment. After this initial period, treatment progresses quite comfortably. Many people think that achieving results in just 6 months must require tightening the braces more than regular orthodontics. Nothing could be farther from the truth! STO uses low-force wires that limit the movement of your back teeth, resulting in a more comfortable treatment.
Will I need a retainer when treatment is finished?
As with any type of orthodontics, your newly straightened teeth will need to be kept in place. Removable clear retainers are included in your treatment, however certain patients may benefit from a bonded retainer that permanently affixes to the backs of the front teeth. At your consultation, Dr. Van Sluyters will discuss the benefits of each style of retainer.
The fee for STO is typically about 25% less than regular orthodontics and/or invisiline. At your consultation appointment, the necessary fees for your specific treatment will be reviewed. After your braces come off, professional tooth whitening is included (at no additional fee) so you can show off your new smile.
How does STO compare to Invisiline?
STO is a great alternative to Invisiline. Invisiline treatment typically takes 6-12 months longer and costs $1000-2000 more.
I’m interested in STO, what’s the next step?
The next step is very easy. Simply call our office and we can get you scheduled for a free orthodontic consultation.