One of the biggest concerns for patients seeking orthodontic treatment is how long it will take to completely straighten teeth. Unfortunately, conventional orthodontic treatment times range anywhere between 12 and 48 months. Such long treatment times pose a number of drawbacks, including higher susceptibility to dental caries, root resorption, and gingival recession.
While 1-4 years is not an unreasonable amount of time when you take into account the lifetime benefits of straight teeth and an attractive smile, an increasing number of people is requesting accelerated orthodontic treatment to reduce their time in the dentist’s chair by nearly 50 percent.
At Bayside Dental & Orthodontics, we are dedicated to providing our patients in Airdrie Alberta with the latest advances in dentistry, including accelerated orthodontic treatment, which dramatically reduces your orthodontic treatment time so you can have straighter, whiter teeth much faster than ever before.
How accelerated braces treatment works
Orthodontic treatment is based on the argument that any force delivered to a tooth is transmitted to the adjacent tissues, resulting in certain chemical, mechanical, and cellular changes within these tissues that enable structural alterations and contribute to the movement of the tooth.
Traditionally, this is a very slow process as seen with standard orthodontic treatments. However, it is possible to enhance the response of the body to these forces, accelerating tooth movement.
There are several ways to accelerate tooth movement, including physical stimulation through lasers or vibration; surgical methods such as piezosurgery and corticotomy; the use of magnets; and by administering drugs. These techniques have been proven to successfully reduce orthodontic treatment times by up to 70 percent.
Benefits of accelerated braces treatment
Anyone looking to improve their smile can combine any of the accelerated braces treatment with cosmetic treatments such as crowns, bonding, or porcelain veneers to get speedy results. Although the techniques are fairly new, they offer a number of benefits, including:
- Shorter treatment time compared to traditional braces with results in about 3 to 8 months
- Application to most cases where orthodontics is the only solution, including closing gaps and straightening, repositioning, and spacing the front teeth
- Improved stability due to the ability of the techniques to induce bone remodelling response to a greater extent – This in turn allows for precise positioning of the roots, increasing long term stability of your Invisalign or braces treatment
- Faster treatment translates to fewer visits to the dentist for the busy people
However, accelerated orthodontics cost a little higher than traditional braces or Invisalign treatment alone, partly because of the additional procedures or cost of equipment.
Who is the right candidate for accelerated orthodontic treatment?
The idea of faster orthodontic treatment is extremely exciting for teenagers who are concerned about the reaction of their peers when wearing braces but still need adjust their teeth. The treatment is equally beneficial to adults with a busy lifestyle, or those looking for a speedy smile makeover in preparation for an event.
Speed up your Invisalign or Braces Treatment today
Accelerated braces treatment is safe when performed by an experienced team of professional dentists, especially those trained in accelerated orthodontics. The treatment also involves minor in-office procedures along with some conventional orthodontic techniques, all of which you will find at Bayside Dental & Orthodontics.