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Accelerated Orthodontics-What is it?

Treatment

Are you looking for a way to straighten your teeth, but not have to live with braces for years on end?  If so, there’s a fairly new treatment called Accelerated Orthodontics available.  Increasingly, adults are seeking to straighten their teeth quickly, and Accelerated Orthodontics is a great option to accomplish this.

Accelerated Orthodontics is a method of straightening teeth that involves remodeling of the bone that holds the teeth, and restructuring the actual teeth so that rapid movement and repositioning is possible.  In addition to helping straighten teeth, Accelerated Orthodontics can also help with spacing problems, repositioning the front teeth, and closing gaps in between the teeth.

Am I a Candidate for Accelerated Orthodontics?

If you’re an adult and seeking a quick solution to cosmetic dental issues, Accelerated Orthodontics is an excellent choice.  In as little as eight months, you can have a perfectly straight smile! It’s important to note that if you suffer from dental bone loss, advanced periodontal disease, root problems or root damage, you most likely will NOT be a good candidate for Accelerated Orthodontics.

What are the Advantages of Accelerated Orthodontics?

With regular orthodontic treatment, you may be required to wear braces for two to four years to completely straighten your teeth.  As well, you may be required to wear retainers or have permanent spacers placed to keep your teeth in their new position.  With Accelerated Orthodontics, the amount of time you need to wear braces can be reduced to as little as three months.  Most Accelerated Orthodontics patients will wear braces for three to eight months depending on the amount of straightening required.

Accelerated Orthodontics also combines both orthodontics and periodontics (the structures that surround and support the teeth) so that patients are basically receiving two treatments in one to address their issues.

Some of the other benefits include the following:

Stable results

  • Reduced chance of resorption  (bone breakdown) of tooth roots
  • Increased bone support of teeth and facial profile
  • Low likelihood or relapse (teeth returning to their original position)
  • Reduced need for permanent appliances such as spacers or retainers
  • Excellent long term results

Are there Any Disadvantages to Accelerated Orthodontics?

While Accelerated Orthodontics can greatly speed up the process of straightening your teeth, you should be aware that you will undergo minor surgical procedures are necessary to reach the end goal.  These procedures involve changing the gums and bones that hold your teeth in place, in order to make space for your teeth to move into their new positions more quickly.

Your dentist will obviously provide freezing and anesthetic for the surgical portion of your treatment, and you shouldn’t experience much more discomfort than you would after a dental cleaning.

Are there any Risks with Accelerated Orthodontics?

As noted above, part of the treatment involves minor surgical procedures.  As with any other type of surgical procedure, there are risks that can include the following:

These risks are very low and rarely occur with the majority of patients.

Cost of Accelerated Orthodontics

Accelerated Orthodontics are fairly expensive.  While the cost varies depending on the treatment plan including length of treatment, whether or not upper and lower teeth will be straightened etc., generally the cost is between $3,500.00 and $5,500.00 for six months of treatment.

Some dental benefits plan will include a portion of the cost of Accelerated Orthodontics.  It’s best to check with your benefits provider to find out the details of your entitlement.

Accelerated Orthodontics Procedure

Now that you’ve been provided you with an overview of Accelerated Orthodontics, let’s take a look at the actual process you will undergo at a dental clinic.  These steps will take place over a series of appointments.  It’s important to note that as with traditional orthodontic treatment, Accelerated Orthodontics involves the use of braces.  Additionally, minor surgical procedures will occur.

Evaluation Process

During your first appointment, your dentist will perform an evaluation that includes the following:

  • Overall oral function
  • Dental X-rays including panoramic
  • Impressions
  • Periodontal Surgery

During your second appointment, your dentist will perform minor periodontal (gum surgery) to prepare your gums and teeth for the next steps.  You will receive local anesthetic and you shouldn’t experience any more discomfort than you would during a dental cleaning.  In some cases, a course of antibiotics may be prescribed in order to prevent infection due to irritation caused by eating.

Placing Your Braces

At your next appointment, braces will be placed on your teeth.  Different types of braces are used depending on your treatment plan.  These types can include ceramic, lingual (braces that are placed behind your teeth) and metal.

Follow-up Appointments

Throughout the course of your treatment, you will need to visit us frequently for adjustments and monitoring of your progress.

Completion

When your teeth have been successfully straightened/moved, your braces will be removed.  In order to maintain the results, you may be required to wear a temporary retainer for a period of time to ensure that your teeth do not begin drifting back into their original position.

Summary

Accelerated Orthodontics is an excellent option for patients who seek a faster way of correcting cosmetic dental issues such as crooked teeth.  Accelerated Orthodontics can be performed on almost anyone of any age as long as there are no pre-existing oral or dental health issues.

We hope you enjoyed the informative article presented by your Vancouver dentists at Vancouver Dental Group.