Straight Teeth in Less Time: Is Accelerated Orthodontics Right for You?
We are living in a world where information is available in a moment’s notice, dinner can arrive at our doorsteps, and the word “wait” is almost offensive to people who want and expect instant gratification. So why should dental treatment options like teeth straightening be any different?
Guess what? With accelerated orthodontics, it’s not.
Nitika Mittal, DDS, at Glow Orthodontics shares information on this versatile orthodontic treatment option.
Accelerated orthodontics is one of those treatment names that perfectly describes what it does. It’s simply an optional treatment that speeds up the completion timeline for straightening your teeth. Accelerated orthodontics can be used in tandem with your orthodontic treatment of choice, whether it be traditional braces or transparent aligners like Invisalign®.
This unique option also taps into your body’s biology to naturally stimulate the bones that surround your teeth to aid in tooth movement. This unique characteristic makes accelerated orthodontics a seamless, all-gain, no-pain method to complement and enhance your orthodontic treatment plan.
At Glow Orthodontics, we use the Propel Orthodontics system for accelerated orthodontics.
Using your body’s healing properties
If you ever had a facial peel or microdermabrasion treatment, you are familiar with how the body naturally shifts into gear to heal once you “rough up” skin. In the case of accelerated orthodontics, the goal is to stimulate the bone around your teeth to quicken tooth movement.
After applying a local anesthetic as you might receive for other dental procedures, Dr. Mittal uses a Propel System handheld device to create small scratches to your bone and gums known as micro-osteoperforations. These small traumas stimulate the bone around the area to remodel and enhance tooth movement at the same time.
In most cases, patients report little, if any, discomfort, and can return to their normal activities right away.
Straighten teeth faster
Accelerated orthodontics transforms that adage about all things worth having take time. According to a study on the first generation of accelerated orthodontics devices, tooth movement increased by 50-60%.
This is a particularly significant finding for adults in orthodontic treatment since generally, their teeth move at a slower rate than those of younger patients.
Fewer office visits
Getting ultimate results quicker is a big advantage, but when you think about the typical orthodontics treatment plan, it’s the gift that keeps giving. When patients embark on the journey to straighten their teeth, they generally understand that they need to schedule follow-up appointments so that we can check the progress of their teeth movement and can make adjustments as necessary.
With accelerated orthodontics, you don’t have to think of our office as your second home. That 50-60% quicker tooth movement translates into fewer follow-up appointments — a definite win-win for the time-stressed patient.
If you are considering getting braces to straighten your teeth and want to find out if you are a candidate for accelerated orthodontics, book a consultation at one of our three Glow Orthodontics locations, in Manassas, Woodbridge, or Fredericksburg, Virginia. You can book an appointment online right now or call the nearest location today.