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Nov
19

Oral Surgery to Speed Up Orthodontic Treatment – is it Right for You?

Posted in Orthodontics

If the prospect of spending years in braces doesn’t sound good to you, then you may be a candidate for accelerated orthodontics.

What Is Accelerated Ortho?

Accelerated or “fast” braces are aesthetic in nature. Rather than addressing the alignment of all of your teeth, your braces are used for cosmetic purposes to align the teeth at the front of your mouth (the ones people see when you’re talking or smiling.)

Because fewer teeth are being aligned, the process takes far less time than traditional braces. In most cases, fast or accelerated orthodontic treatments only take 3-6 months to complete. For this reason, some accelerated ortho procedures are called Six Month Braces.

Benefits of Accelerated Ortho

Clearly, the main benefit is spending less time in braces.

Other related benefits include:

  • You can have accelerated ortho to complement other types of treatment
  • You’ll see results sooner
  • Reduced chance of getting white spots on your teeth when the braces come off
  • A more conservative process
  • Get back to eating your favorite foods faster (the ones that are bad for braces!)

With all of these benefits, why doesn’t everyone have accelerated ortho?

Not everyone can have this procedure to speed up their treatment, however. Very complex tooth misalignment should be addressed using more traditional orthodontic treatment.

If it turns out that you don’t qualify for accelerated orthodontics, don’t worry. You can still keep your treatment time to a minimum by maintaining good home care, properly caring for your wires and elastics, and avoiding foods that could damage your braces.

Find out whether accelerated ortho is right for you by asking your orthodontist or dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Nov
25

Is Fast Ortho Safe?

Posted in Orthodontics

For busy adults in our busy society, finding the time to have braces can seem like an impossible dream. Fortunately, almost any dental practice that provides orthodontic care also has some options for accelerating treatment.

It’s worth questioning, however, just how safe the process is. Straightening teeth is serious business. If done incorrectly, teeth can be permanently damaged.

So why encourage speeding up what is already a very delicate process?

Why Provide Fast Braces Options

As mentioned earlier, most adults just don’t have the time to spend years in braces and visit the office for adjustments. But everyone deserves the health and cosmetic benefits that braces provide!

Fast ortho makes the technology available to a wider variety of candidates. It’s worth mentioning that fast ortho is offered to adults and teens whose teeth are already developed. Rushing orthodontic treatment for kids whose jaws are still growing is never a good idea.

How to Speed Up Ortho Treatment

One method for speeding up ortho is by placing braces or a retainer on only the front teeth. These are the teeth that show in a smile. Focusing on just these teeth gets you the cosmetic benefits without taking all the time to adjust the back teeth, as well.

There are other ways to make even full braces treatment moves along a little faster:

  • Surgery to improve spacing between teeth
  • Propel Alveocentesis to boost bone’s natural remodeling process
  • AcceleDent to speed up the movement of teeth in braces

The right technology and techniques when coupled with careful planning can make your ortho treatment fast and safe!

Contact your local dentist or orthodontist for more information on the orthodontic options available to you.

Posted on behalf of:
Spanaway Family Dentistry
20709 Mountain Hwy E #101
Spanaway, WA 98387
(253) 948-0880

Oct
23

Faster Orthodontic Care

Posted in Braces

Orthodontics, such as traditional metal braces and the Invisalign® system, are a wonderful tool that has helped millions of people of all age groups for years.  The only downside of orthodontics is the amount of time that the patient must wear them as the orthodontics work to move the patient’s teeth.  Now there is a specialized product that is available thru Orthodontists, which can reduce the amount of time required for a patient’s orthodontics to move their teeth.

The Accele-Dent® Aura is a product that first came onto the market in 2009 and in clinically proven to make teeth move 50% faster when used in conjunction with existing orthodontics.  Since the teeth move faster, the orthodontic treatment is more comfortable, which is a big benefit that thousands on people have noticed.  Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Accele-Dent® Aura fits over existing orthodontics and works by delivering precise, calibrated micro-pulses to the patient’s teeth, as well as to the surrounding bone and tissue, which accelerates the movement of the patient’s teeth, as they are guided by the patient’s orthodontics.  The device fits over either the patient’s existing traditional metal braces or the Invisalign® system and only needs to be worn for 20 minutes per day to be effective.

Patient’s with orthodontics should speak to their Orthodontist to see if the Accele-Dent® Aura system fits in with their treatment.  If it does, it will be possible to reduce the amount of time the patient needs t wear their orthodontics and there is no downside to that!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Brett Gluck

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