Frequently Asked Questions
CFast stands for Cosmetically Focused Adult Straight Teeth, and as the name suggests, it’s used as a cosmetic and orthodontic solution to wonky teeth.
It focuses treatment on the front 6 teeth of the upper and lower jaw, sometimes referred to as the Social Six. While a fully straight smile is important, this treatment only corrects the alignment of teeth that are visible when you smile – hence the procedure being considered cosmetic rather than solely orthodontic.
This is why it is not considered suitable for functional issues like overbites or misaligned jaws – which will need to be treated with alternative orthodontic-focussed treatments.
CFast was founded by Dr Biju Krishnan, an award-winning celebrity dentist, in 2009. You might see it referred to as CFAST, CFast, or Cfast – all mean the same thing, so don’t let that confuse you.
Although described as an aligner, Cfast is much more similar to traditional braces than the aligner trays you get with Invisalign treatment.
CFast treatment utilises clear orthodontic brackets that adhere to the teeth and tooth-coloured nickel-titanium wires that go between them, offering a discreet option that uses gentle pressure to change the alignment of your most visible teeth.
Invisalign, on the other hand, uses moulded aligners or retainer trays. These trays are changed every few weeks and gradually realign your teeth into their final new position. So named because of the ‘invisible’ aligner trays, Invisalign can be harder to notice, but takes much longer than CFast, because they concentrate on moving more, if not all, of the teeth.
This makes CFast aligners in Swindon much cheaper and allows patients to see results much faster – which is why it is often preferred.
The biggest downside to traditional braces is the tenderness some patients experience. A very successful orthodontic solution, to be sure, but this discomfort often puts patients off.
CFast aligners use a similar bracket and wire technology, but thanks to the focus on aesthetics and the Social Six rather than the whole mouth, discomfort levels with CFast are said to be much lower, and sometimes patients don’t report soreness at all.
This is because the treatment focuses on correcting minor, aesthetic issues on a small number of teeth rather than severe dental problems, such as an overbite, which will involve moving all of the teeth.
If you are worried about soreness, we would advise you to discuss all possible options with our dental professionals when you come in to chat about your CFast aligners in Swindon.
To speak to our CFast-certified dentists, you can fill in the contact form at the bottom of your screen or send us an email and we’ll get you booked in for a smile makeover consultation.
Unlike removable braces which you can take out while you eat, the Cfast aligner stays in the mouth permanently for a series of months. This, unfortunately, does mean that your diet may need to change for the duration of your Cfast aligner in Swindon.
However, the foods you need to avoid are limited - and if you can’t avoid them completely, cutting them into smaller bitesize pieces will make them safer and easier to eat. These foods include:
- Popcorn, nuts, crackers, and pretzels
- Hard taco shells, croutons, hard or crusty rolls, and pizza
- Sticky and hard candy or chocolate
- Hard cookies
- Chewing gum
- Raw vegetables and hard fruits
This slight tweak in your diet will only last a few months and will give you the best chance at keeping your braces in the best condition, helping them correct your teeth quickly.
Why not call today to get your journey started? Our friendly reception team can book your consultation and you can find out more about any changes you will need to make if you call us on 01672 516 184 or reach out by email.