Orthodontic treatment makes a huge difference to the smile you want to show off, but it usually take years; financially, it might be longer than you can manage. But you have quicker options: The fastest way to straighten teeth effectively is by using new processes called "accelerated orthodontics," a form of treatment aimed at the same goal as regular orthodontic treatment in a shorter period of time. It's particularly effective for busy adults, according to Everyday Health, because it works in months rather than years.
How It Works
Orthodontists perform accelerated orthodontics in several ways:
- The AcceleDent method, which is a hands-free device with an activator that the patient wears for up to 20 minutes a day. It fits around existing orthodontic appliances such as braces, and uses a gentle pulsing technology to speed up the movement of your teeth according to the position of your braces.
- The Propel Alveocentesis method, which stimulates the bone around the teeth to increase cytokine activity. This makes the remodeling of the bone easier and faster, and has the benefit of being able to target specific, individual teeth when necessary.
- Propel has also introduced a new way to increase the cytokine activity called micro-osteoperforation (MOP), which is followed immediately by the application of force to move the teeth into the desired position.
- Another method of accelerating orthodontic treatment is surgical removal of tooth tissue between the teeth, according to information published in the book, Dental Terminology. This provides space for tooth movement.
All of these methods require the use of retainers for approximately six months after alignment is achieved to enable the bone to recover and to keep the teeth's new positions stable. During this process, you'll need to pay particular attention to your oral hygiene by using products such as Colgate® Phos-Flur® Anti-Cavity Fluoride Rinse, which delivers fluoride to your teeth to help protect them against cavities.
Who Is Eligible?
You're likely to be eligible for any of these methods of accelerated orthodontics if you have all your permanent teeth present and a healthy bone structure, as stated by Dr. David Benguira. The orthodontist will be able to evaluate you as an individual patient to see whether you are a good candidate. The selection process includes an assessment of your overall oral and facial functions, photographs of your face and the interior of your mouth. X-rays and dental impressions can also help to determine your bite and prepare models for the teeth.
What's the Cost?
As with all orthodontic treatment, the costs vary depending on your personal situation and requirements. The cost of accelerated orthodontics through surgery averages about $4,000, explains Star Teeth Whitening™. This is comparable to the cost of traditional braces even though the process is quicker. Why? Although it is often the fastest way to straighten teeth, it doesn't comprise a single method of treatment; it's a combination of several different types of procedures.
The main benefit of using these methods is obviously the shorter time they take to straighten your teeth. However, in some of the options there may be less pain and discomfort involved than there is in wearing traditional braces or other orthodontic appliances for a few years continuously. Patients may make far fewer visits to the orthodontist as well, which can be time consuming and costly. Research from Orthodontic Practice shows that the average patient spends up to $654 in travel costs during a 2-year treatment period, so it's ideal for anyone with a busy lifestyle. The alveocentesis and Acceledent methods are reported to be comfortable and offer long-term benefits such as reduced chance of calcification.
The primary pitfall of incorporating surgery into this method is the discomfort that may occur to the person after it is conducted. It will also require more training for dentists and dental specialists who want to perform this type of orthodontics.