The last thing you want to do once you have made the decision to improve your smile is to have to wait months or even years. Unfortunately, that is exactly what will happen when you get traditional braces.
Every individual’s situation is different, but some orthodontic treatments can take 2+ years before you can enjoy your new smile. That is a long time to wait but we have to give the body the needed time to allow the process that occurs to allow teeth to move. Luckily, technology has improved and we have options that will increase the biological process that occurs and will decrease the number of months you have to wait until you can enjoy your new smile.
What is Accelerated Orthodontics?
Accelerated orthodontics is a term that is used to describe orthodontic treatment that is completed in a timeframe that is faster than traditional braces or even Invisalign. While the treatment and orthodontic appliances are the same, an adjunctive procedure or device is used that will effectively increase the activity of the cells around your teeth. These techniques can increase the rate of tooth movement by 25%-50% and allow the teeth to be healthier after movement! There are two main techniques that are commonly used today to achieve this goal and depending on your needs, one or both might be good options for you to achieve a beautiful and healthy smile in less time!
How can Accelerated Orthodontics Decrease Treatment Time?
Orthodontic treatment times are sped up with accelerated orthodontics thanks to advances in technology and a better understanding of the biology that is involved in tooth movement. Traditional braces and Invisalign treatments rely upon your orthodontist gently pushing and guiding your teeth back into proper position. The dissolving of bone and replacing of bone is how your body shifts teeth and this can take time. The same process happens with Accelerated Orthodontics, but just at a higher speed.
This image shows the biological process that takes place when are moving teeth and this process can be increased with the different procedures and devices that are used in Accelerated Orthodontics.
While Accelerated Orthodontics does have many advantages it is not a great option for everyone. We suggest using this method when there is a need or benefit to decrease total treatment time or when very difficult movements that are needed. Any accelerated orthodontics technique can be used during braces or aligner treatment. The techniques are different and stimulate tooth movement differently and we help select which method will be best for each patient.
When you choose accelerated orthodontics, advanced dental technology is used to speed up the process of moving your teeth. Depending upon the type of accelerated orthodontic treatment you choose to undergo, your orthodontist will use a device that administers tiny vibrations that help move your teeth or a device that stimulates the bone around your teeth and makes it easier to move.
There are currently two different types of treatment that are classified as accelerated orthodontics: Vibrations and Micro-Osteoperforations. Depending upon the type of accelerated orthodontic treatment that is selected, we will use a device that administers tiny vibrations that help move your teeth or a device that stimulates the bone around your teeth and makes it easier to move. They both speed up treatment time, but they do so in different ways.
There are two main vibrations devices that are used and they are mostly used with aligner treatments. These devices use vibrations to help increase the cellular activity around the teeth and they also increase the quality of the aligner fit! By doing this, the aligners fit better and the teeth track better – Both things allow quicker aligner changes and an overall shorter treatment time.
The device is a small handheld appliance that fits similar to a mouthguard that is used 5-10minutes each day. Using these devices will have an increase in the rate of tooth movement and a decrease in discomfort during treatment.
What is Micro-Osteoperforations?
Micro-Osteoperforations are small dimples that are placed in the bond around the teeth. These small areas of trauma stimulate the cellular process that allows tooth movement. We have been using this understanding of biology to increase the rate of tooth movement for over 25years but it is just recently that we have a technique to achieve the desired acceleratory effect without having an extensive surgery. Propel is the accelerated FDA-approved orthodontic treatment that is used and we are able to do this procedure with just topical anesthesia – so we don’t even have to give a shot! Unlike the vibration devices, Propel is just as easy to use with both traditional braces and Invisalign technology.
The way Propel works is by using advanced technology to stimulate the bone that surrounds your teeth. When the bone is stimulated it becomes softer and easier to move. Since the bone is easy to move, your braces or Invisalign can shift and move your teeth into proper alignment faster than if you did nothing.
The treatment is fairly straightforward. You will arrive at our office and we will use a gel that will numb your gums to ensure you are comfortable. We will then use a device that administers micro-perforations which will soften the bone around specific teeth and help accelerate your orthodontic treatment. The appointment will usually be about 30-45 minutes and the accelerated effects will last 12 weeks to longer than 6 months!
If you want to learn more about accelerated orthodontics and to see if you can get the smile you have always wanted in less time, call Strickland Orthodontics to schedule an appointment. We will gladly help you explore whether or not accelerated orthodontics can help you quickly get a straighter smile.