Do you want straighter teeth, but shy away from braces because of how long treatment takes? Traditional orthodontic braces can take two years to produce desired results. But you don’t have to settle for that. With accelerated orthodontics, Dr. David Markham often gives patients straighter teeth and a better smile in half the time.
Dr. Markham offers two options to speed up orthodontic treatment: AcceleDent and Propel. Both focus on bone remodeling. They work in conjunction with braces or Invisalign, and ease the discomfort that often accompanies orthodontics, for some patients.
This appliance reduces treatment time by up to 50%. It’s FDA-approved, easy to use, and only requires 20 minutes a day, a short time commitment considering the many months you could shave from your treatment plan.
AcceleDent is comfortable and portable. Simply insert the bite piece into your mouth. The device emits tiny vibrations, called micropulses, that stimulate the jawbone tissue, so teeth move more quickly and easily. Does it hurt? Not at all. The micopulses are gentler than the vibrations of an electric toothbrush.
Similar to AcceleDent, Propel works by vibrating and stimulating the remodeling of bone tissue around teeth, so teeth shift toward ideal alignment faster and more comfortably.
However, Propel can speed treatment even more than AcceleDent, reducing treatment time by up to 60%. It is a perfect partner therapy when Dr. Markham treats more complex orthodontic cases. Another advantage is that Propel only requires only a few appointments, as opposed to AcceleDent’s daily use at home.
While you’re properly anesthetized, Dr. Markham will make small indentations in the jawbone. This elicits a natural inflammatory response to aid the remodeling process. A study published in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics describes how Propel doubled the speed of tooth movement in participants.
The procedure is natural, minimal, and there’s no downtime, so you can return to school or work after leaving our office.
Other Ways to Speed Orthodontic Treatment
To avoid wearing braces any longer than expected, carefully follow Dr. Markham’s instructions. While wearing braces, you’ll need to be detailed and diligent with flossing and brushing after every meal. Chewing tough food or hard candy can damage brackets or wires and delay treatment completion. Cut chewy, crunchy, or hard food into small pieces to help reduce the potential for problems.
Invisalign Clear Braces
Accelerated orthodontics also works with Invisalign. This alternative to braces involves wearing clear, pliable dental aligners custom made for your mouth. Invisalign will allow you to eat what you want, and you can remove the aligners when eating, or while cleaning your teeth. However, not all patients’ cases are eligible for Invisalign. In particular, complex malocclusion cases may require traditional braces. Dr. Markham will evaluate your mouth and explain all of your options.
Straighten Your Smile
Ultimately, a year or two is not a big sacrifice for a lifetime of perfect smiles. Your time in braces will fly by, especially if you opt for accelerated orthodontics. Call Dr. Markham’s ortho office in Sacramento today at 916-924-8970, or visit our website to start your path to a straighter smile.