What is Accelerated Orthodontics and Who is a Candidate?

They say patience is a virtue, but it’s hard to wait for the perfect smile. Now you don’t have to.

In the past, it could take years to improve your smile with traditional braces or removable aligners. But, thanks to accelerated orthodontic technologies, such as the Alveocentesis™ technique by Propel®, Maya Oliver, DDS, can cut the process in half at Georgetown Orthodontics in Washington, DC.

Introducing accelerated orthodontics

Dr. Oliver uses accelerated orthodontics to provide the same results you get from traditional orthodontic treatments, but in a shorter time frame. This modern approach to orthodontics works by encouraging new bone growth in your jaw.

When used in combination with teeth straightening systems, such as braces or aligners, accelerated bone growth can help your teeth shift into their ideal positions faster and with less discomfort. There are different accelerated orthodontic technologies available, but Dr. Oliver uses the Alveocentesis procedure by Propel.

The Alveocentesis technique stimulates tissue and bone remodeling by making small, pinhole-sized perforations in the bones surrounding your teeth. This micro-invasive technique causes an inflammatory response in the treatment site.

As a result, your immune system jumps into action, triggering tissue regeneration in the area. When used in tandem with braces or removable aligner systems, such as Invisalign®, the Alveocentesis technique can provide results 50-60% faster than traditional orthodontic techniques on their own.

What to expect from a procedure

The Alveocentesis procedure is performed in a quick office visit that doesn’t require nerve blocks or powerful anesthetics. First, Dr. Oliver has you rinse your mouth with a specialized solution to sterilize the area. Then she numbs your gums to prevent any discomfort. Most procedures involve 1-3 tiny perforations in each targeted area, and you can return to your normal activities immediately afterward.

Unlike accelerated orthodontic techniques that treat all of your teeth at once, Dr. Oliver can use the Alveocentesis procedure to target specific teeth or problem areas in your mouth in a more controlled manner. In most cases, you only need one session to speed up your orthodontic treatment. For more complex cases, Dr. Oliver might suggest a series of treatments every 6-8 weeks.

Who can benefit from accelerated orthodontics

Dr. Oliver typically recommends accelerated orthodontics for anyone with healthy bones and permanent teeth. To confirm that you’re a good candidate, Dr. Oliver performs a comprehensive dental exam to evaluate your oral and facial functions, examines your face and the interior of your mouth, and takes X-rays to check your bone health.

Additional factors that may make you an ideal candidate for accelerated orthodontics include:

  • Looking for faster results from wearing braces or aligners
  • Wanting to spend less time at the orthodontist
  • Starting a new orthodontic treatment
  • Enhancing your existing orthodontic plan

Adults are also great candidates for accelerated orthodontics, because their tissue is usually less active, making tooth movement slower and more painful with traditional methods alone.

To learn more about Propel accelerated orthodontics, book an appointment online or over the phone with Georgetown Orthodontics today.

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