Smile faster than you think!
Why is the result faster and more accurate when I see an Orthodontist?
Orthodontists specialize in the science of moving teeth after a Doctorate of Dentistry is obtained. With 10,000 hours of residency, orthodontists study the precise relation of your teeth, muscles, jaws and facial appearance to give you the best treatment outcomes that still cannot be achieved by automation and machine learning.
Learning how to move teeth takes years of residency because your teeth is very sensitive to misalignment and pressure which is known as proprioception. Everyone has felt a cavity that was filled too high and the dentist had to adjust your bite so that it is comfortable.
Imagine moving every tooth in your mouth and how uncomfortable you would be if many of your teeth are not hitting at the right angles? The precision of orthodontics is necessary for your one and only set of teeth, so that proper bite alignment can prevent tooth wear and chipping.
Faster orthodontic treatment sounds great but is it safe?
The movement of roots of the teeth through bone is safe if you are supervised by a Board Certified Orthodontist. The speed of movement has to be controlled with proper orthodontic mechanics, so that the blood supply and nerve supply travels with the tooth as it is being moved in your jaw.
Unfortunately, social media campaigns have misrepresented tooth movements as cartoons of plastic surfaces changing overtime which is too simplistic to be true and should not be attempted by patients at home. Each orthodontist also uses different mechanics with braces or Invisalign and so depending on their expertise, the treatment outcomes and treatment times will vary.
How does accelerated orthodontics work?
1. Choose a mode of treatment
Dr. Cheng will determine if Invisalign, customized clear braces, metal braces or lingual braces will be the best for you depending on the type of dental and jaw movements needed to achieve your goals.
2. Auxiliaries to Accelerate Treatment
Dr. Cheng will determine if you will need AcceleDent, Propel or Periodontally Assisted Accelerated Orthodontics to achieve the ideal timeline for you.
3. Anchorage for control
In very specific cases, Dr. Cheng will determine if you need skeletal anchorage with Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) or Miniplates to optimize movements of your teeth and jaws.
What is AcceleDent and how does it accelerate orthodontics?
AcceleDent is an oscillator that vibrates at a certain frequency to increase blood flow and cytokines to help your teeth to move faster and this can speed up treatment by 30 to 50%. Adult orthodontics can be challenging because adults are no longer growing. Hence, adult orthodontics can by accelerated by using AcceleDent, which improves bone remodeling and is very effective for certain tooth movements.
What is Propel and how does it accelerate orthodontics?
Propel is a tool to create micro-osteoperforations in the jaw so that the bone in the jaw is stimulated to heal which also increases the blood supply and cytokines to that area of the jaw and the teeth nearby. This procedure will speed up tooth movement for a couple of months so that more difficult tooth movements can be accomplished first.
Sometimes Propel is not sufficient and Periodontally Assisted Osteogenic Orthodontics (PAOO) is required. PAOO is similar to Propel but more teeth are stimulated so that enmasse movement of multiple teeth are enabled through the procedure.
PAOO is done by a specially trained periodontist or oral surgeon and may involve bone grafting. In addition to faster and greater tooth movement, it is a wonderful option for adult patients who have periodontal issues such as bone loss and gum recession. Orthodontics offers a unique opportunity for adult patients to gain bone level because carefully monitored tooth movements can help to grow bone.
TADs and Mini-plates for complex cases
Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) and Mini-plates are skeletal anchorage devices that help teeth to move to a specific place in the jaw without affecting other teeth. Adults often have bite issues due to asymmetrical bone development. Skeletal anchorage can help to move the teeth to the right position and correct the bite without the need for jaw surgery.
Ultimately, to get the ideal treatment result, please let Dr. Amanda Cheng evaluate your individual case.