What Is Accelerated Orthodontics & Is It Safe?
Many have heard of the various orthodontic treatments and types of braces available, but have you heard about accelerated orthodontics? “AAO” (advanced accelerated orthodontics), “PAOO” (periodontally assisted osteogenic orthodontics), also known as SFOT (surgically facilitated orthodontic treatment) or “Wilckodontics,” is a method used to not only decrease treatment time, but also a means to potentially enhance orthodontic treatment outcomes by expanding the possible movements of teeth within the jaw bone. When it comes to accelerated orthodontics, there are two treatment options available: oral surgery and non-surgery (AcceleDent).
Option 1: Oral Surgery
Accelerated orthodontics partners traditional orthodontics and an oral surgeon, who places bone grafts over the roots of the teeth to “build up” the bone surrounding the teeth. The bone grafts added around the root surface protects the teeth during orthodontic treatment, and the surgery itself stimulates the native bone to respond to orthodontic forces in a way that allows for faster treatment initially.
About the Procedure
A week after braces are applied, accelerated orthodontics requires a small surgery performed by a periodontist. This in-office procedure is done under local anesthesia and causes the same amount of discomfort as a normal dental cleaning. Some patients do experience an itching sensation because teeth are moving much quicker than they would with traditional braces.
Option 2: AcceleDent (Non-surgery)
AcceleDent, an FDA-cleared class II medical device, is a treatment that uses SoftPulse technology to accelerate the tooth remodeling process by applying pressure in conjunction with the pressure from your braces, so your teeth move more quickly to their new position.
About the Treatment
When you choose Acceledent, you are given two components: the activator and the mouthpiece. The activator is the heart of the device and the part that generates SoftPulses to safely accelerate bone remodeling. The mouthpiece component connects the activator to the teeth and delivers the AcceleDent vibrations to the teeth. The device is used 20 minutes a day and is compatible with both braces and Invisalign.
Benefits of Accelerated Orthodontics
One word: speed. Accelerated orthodontics only requires most patients to wear braces for 3-8 months, whereas traditional braces usually require 2 to 4 years. Just like with traditional braces, your overall dental health will also improve because straight teeth make for easier cleaning.
Is It Right for You?
When traditional braces are recommended, accelerated orthodontics can usually be done in its place and treatment costs are comparable. If you’re looking to straighten your teeth or correct your bite in a shorter amount of time, contact our office today and schedule a free consultation.