Many people want their orthodontic treatment to be finished as quickly as possible. While wearing braces is more comfortable and less noticeable than ever before, just about everyone wants to finish with their braces so they can show off that perfect smile.
Usually, braces (of any type) take around a year and a half to two years to completely straighten teeth, that also includes Invisalign. That’s really not a very long time when you consider that you’ll keep your perfect smile for a lifetime. But for some people, it might seem like they are in orthodontic treatment for way too long. Is there a way to make that treatment time shorter?
You’re definitely not the only one wondering about this. Since there are so many patients asking about ways to decrease their time in orthodontic treatment, researchers began actively searching for ways to speed things up. After extensive research, two methods were created and introduced to speed the orthodontic process along. The first method is a non-invasive procedure called Acceledent that uses a device which delivers small vibrations to the teeth. The second method is a more invasive procedure called decortication.
At Avenue Orthodontics, we pride ourselves in offering our patients the best and latest orthodontic treatment options available. We are one of the few practices that offers our patients AcceleDent technology. Using AcceleDent in combination with braces or Invisalign can decrease your treatment time by up to 50%.
What is AcceleDent?
AcceleDent is a device designed to reduce treatment time by increasing the rate of tooth movement when used during orthodontic treatment. It is a small, comfortable, hands-free appliance that is used 20 minutes per day. Most people who use AcceleDent report that they can also perform other activities at the same time, like reading or watching TV.
How Does AcceleDent Work?
The appliance uses patented technology to deliver gentle vibrations (called micropulses) to the teeth and surrounding bone. When used correctly (20 minutes per day), these micropulses have proven to accelerate tooth movement by 38-50%. Studies have shown that these micropulses, coupled with the orthodontic forces applied to the teeth during treatment, can safely accelerate tooth movement.
Another procedure that allows for accelerated orthodontics is called decortication. Decortication is often done at the beginning of your orthodontic treatment, and it has been shown to decrease treatment time by one-third. It involves an out-patient procedure that induces a transient bone healing condition, called osteopenia, which favors accelerated orthodontic movement. This procedure is meant to exaggerate the biological basis for orthodontic movement by weakening the surrounding bone, thus allowing for faster tooth movement, shorter treatment time, and enhanced post-treatment stability.
During the few weeks after the procedure is done, the bone around the teeth is less dense than usual. This is what allows the teeth to be moved more quickly than would otherwise be possible. The main drawback is that the surgery can be invasive.
Is Accelerated Orthodontics Right For You?
If you’re excited about the possibility of speeding up your orthodontic treatment, your next step is to see our orthodontists to learn more about how it would work in your particular case. At Avenue Orthodontics, we offer a complimentary consultation and initial exam. We can give you all the information you need about accelerated orthodontics and your many treatment options. From our office in Whitestone, we serve patients from all over the surrounding area, including Bayside and Douglaston. If you’d like to experience the increased confidence that comes from a great smile, but don’t want to spend years in braces, come and see us to learn more about the exciting possibilities of accelerated orthodontics.