Finish your treatment faster and more comfortably!
Two of the largest barriers to treatment are the duration of treatment, and the potential for pain or discomfort. Recently, the field of orthodontics has adapted long known principles of bone remodelling from orthopedics now with AcceleDent to help address these two issues.
Before AcceleDent, there have been a few techniques that have been used to accelerate orthodontics such as Wilckodontics and Propel. The principle of tooth movement is that there is a need for bone remodelling via osteoclasts (removing bone from surfaces of the teeth where they need to move) and osteoblasts (cells that build bone behind the tooth where it has moved from.) Wilckodontics is a periodontial procedure whereby the the gums are retracted and the holes are made in the bone around the teeth, whereby causing bleeding. This promotes the blood factors required for healing, and thus tooth movement. Teeth do move faster with this procedure, but the comfort aspect takes a backwards step, since it is quite painful. Propel works on a similar principle.
AcceleDent is a product that has been used in Australia since 2009, in the USA since 2012, and was cleared for use in Canada in the spring of 2013. MCO Orthodontics was happy to have some of the first units available in Toronto. Many of our patients who were already in Invisalign treatment and started AcceleDent mid-treatment commented on how much more comfortable changing the trays became, not to mention being happy with changing trays more quickly.
It is FDA approved as a Class 2 medical device with clinical trials at two universities in Texas showing a 38-50% increase in tooth movement. It works by providing a pulsating vibration at a key frequency (30Hz) which has been shown to stimulate the bone remodelling process. This is very different from the vibrations of sonic tooth brushes and other devices. Patients use it for just 20 minutes per day and can do so while doing many daily tasks.
There is a possibility for faster treatment with braces and Invisalign aligners to be changed every 4-7 days, significantly decreasing the amount of treatment time required. Best of all, over the study of 1000s of patients, there have been no adverse effects, including no significant root resorption.
1st generation of AcceleDent
This is a very exciting product that is available for patients at MCO Orthodontics who would like to have straight teeth with less discomfort and for a shorter amount of time. Look to MCO Orthodontics as your leader for fast Invisalign and quicker braces treatment in Toronto.