Speed Braces are a brand of fixed, self-ligating braces. Like traditional braces, Speed Braces are made from metal. The Speed Braces website says these braces are about 30 percent smaller than traditional braces, but are not designed for invisibility, like Invisalign.

Speed Braces are not removable at home. An orthodontist will place the braces on your teeth and adjust them as needed.

Traditional braces have three components that all work together to correct and align teeth. They are:

  • brackets which fasten onto each tooth
  • an archwire which runs through each bracket
  • ligatures that hold the archwire in place (metal ties or elastic bands)

Like all self-ligating braces, Speed Braces don’t use ligatures to affix the archwire to the brackets. Instead, each bracket contains a spring clip mechanism. The spring clip exerts constant pressure upon the archwire, which acts to move teeth into the desired position over time.

The specifics of your teeth alignment concerns will determine how long Speed Braces, or any type of braces, will take to work.

Braces are used to fix a wide range of oral conditions, such as:

  • overcrowded teeth
  • crooked teeth
  • overbites
  • underbites
  • jaw misalignment
  • unevenly spaced teeth

According to the Speed Braces website, orthodontic treatment may take anywhere from 18 to 24 months in many instances. You may also need to wear a retainer afterwards. Some orthodontists report that their patients get faster results with Speed Braces than they do with traditional types. However, this has not been substantiated in studies.

Talk with your orthodontist about your specific situation and ask how long you should expect to wear braces of any type.

Speed Braces are most likely as effective at correcting teeth alignment as traditional braces.

A 2017 research review of 20 studies analyzed the effectiveness of self-ligating braces versus traditional ones. Researchers determined that self-ligating braces are as good as — but not better than — traditional braces for corrections with teeth alignment and space closure. The same review found no difference between traditional and self-ligating braces for duration of treatment or comfort level.

Like traditional braces, Speed Braces may be more effective than Invisalign-type orthodontics for severe orthodontic concerns.

Most people who can use traditional braces can also use Speed Braces. This includes children, teens, and adults.

The specific condition you have, the treatment plan your orthodontist has lined out, and your budget may all be determining factors.

Speed Braces are typically more expensive than traditional braces. Their cost may vary, based upon the orthodontist you use and your geographic location.

If you have health insurance that includes coverage for orthodontia, it should cover at least a portion of the cost of Speed Braces. Policies vary, so check your plan for details.

If you’re interested in speed or aesthetics, there may be other options available for you to choose from. These include KLOWEN braces and Suresmile braces. LightForce braces is another brand of braces. It relies on small, discreet brackets and flexible, lightweight wires to straighten teeth.

Personalized Orthodontics (PORTH) suggests that ere are also other brands of self-ligating braces you may be interested in.

Your orthodontist can go into detail with you about the pros and cons of each braces brand, specific to your condition.

If you’re interested in straightening your teeth with braces or aligners, there are a few things to consider about Speed Braces:

They may take less time and cause less pain

Speed Braces are manufactured by Speed System Orthodontics. According to the manufacturer, they may take less time to work than traditional braces.

The manufacturer also indicates that Speed Braces are more comfortable to wear and cause less pain than traditional types. There are no studies to back this up. However, a 2014 study on nonspecific brands of self-ligating braces found that adolescents who wear them report slightly less discomfort than those who wear traditional braces.

Bracket size is much smaller

One big plus to Speed Braces is the size of their brackets. Since they’re smaller than traditional brackets, they may be easier to keep clean. Since there is less room for food particles and bacteria to hide in, this may lead to fewer cavities and less tooth decay.

Of course, good oral hygiene practices are required while wearing Speed Braces or any other type.

Fewer orthodontist visits

Another plus may be fewer visits to the orthodontist. Since self-ligating braces exert constant pressure upon teeth, fewer adjustments may be necessary. Your adjustments may also take less time for your orthodontist to do, since there are no metal ties to replace during visits.

More aesthetically pleasing

Speed Braces aren’t invisible, but are smaller and neater looking than traditional braces. If invisibility is important to you, aligners may be a better choice. However, Speed Braces can correct dental conditions that aligners typically can’t. These include severe misalignment of the teeth, overlapping teeth, or rotated teeth.

Since Invisalign and other removable aligners rely on patient compliance, they may take longer to work than Speed Braces in some instances.

Orthodontic issues, such as overbites or overcrowded teeth, are often corrected during childhood or the preteen years. You or your child’s dentist may identify issues which indicate that braces are needed. These include:

  • jaws that click or make noises while chewing
  • visibly crooked teeth
  • overcrowding of teeth
  • constantly biting the tongue or inner cheek
  • obvious overbite or underbite

Talk with your child’s dentist about your concerns as soon as you notice them. Orthodontic treatment often starts between ages 9 and 14.

If you’re unhappy with your own teeth, talk with a dental professional about your options. Teens and adults are getting braces in greater numbers than in years past. Your dentist or orthodontist can create a realistic treatment plan that includes the type of braces that will work best for you and your budget.

Speed Braces are a brand of self-ligating braces. They’re less obtrusive in the mouth and may be more aesthetically pleasing than traditional braces. Since they require fewer adjustments, they may also save you time at the orthodontist’s office.

Despite their name, there is little evidence indicating they take less time than traditional braces to correct teeth.