If you’re unhappy with your smile, you may have considered traditional metal braces. However, this treatment can take around two to three years. Fortunately, there’s a quicker way to a straighter smile thanks to accelerated orthodontics.
Please be aware that this option does however involve a surgical procedure. Like all invasive procedures, this surgery is associated with certain risks. This (and your personal suitability) will need to be discussed with your specialist orthodontist and/or periodontist (gum specialist) prior to going ahead with treatment.
What Exactly is Accelerated Orthodontics?
It’s exactly what it sounds like – a faster option to a straighter smile. Accelerated Orthodontics is a surgical procedure combined with traditional braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign . The treatment works to shift teeth faster and encourage immediate natural bone healing.
How Does it Actually Work?
Shortly after braces have been applied to your teeth, your gum specialist (periodontist) will perform a minor surgical procedure. The surgeon will administer an anaesthetic to minimise discomfort. During the procedure, your bones and gums are ‘activated’. This allows your teeth to shift into a straighter position faster.
Accelerated Orthodontics Pros and Cons
As with any kind of orthodontics, you should consider the accelerated orthodontic pros and cons before making a decision.
First, the Cons:
Let’s first consider the downfalls to this type of orthodontic treatment.
Accelerated orthodontics is still a relatively new field, there is no extensive research on its long-term effectiveness. It is predicted, however that this will be just as effective a treatment as traditional orthodontics.
While your teeth will certainly shift quicker, your braces must be adjusted as many times as they would during a 2 to 3-year treatment span. This means more frequent orthodontic visits than with traditional braces.
Perhaps one of the biggest accelerated orthodontics downsides is the cost. Most insurance companies don’t cover the procedure, and it’s one of the costlier orthodontic treatments on the market. The good news is that the actual orthodontic fee is generally not significantly more – it will just be the additional surgical fee you will need to consider.
Now, the Pros
Accelerated orthodontics offers plenty of benefits.
Of course, the biggest benefit is achieving a beautiful and straighter smile faster than you would with the traditional braces treatment alone. This is a huge advantage to people in professional positions or public-facing careers.
Accelerated Orthodontics can increase underlying support for the teeth and gums. As the procedure involves and activates the underlying bone, there is an opportunity to actually augment the bone at the same time. This can provide improvements to your overall dental health.
The ability to improve underlying support can also increase the range of orthodontic movements possible, and may increase the amount of treatment options available to you. In some cases specialist orthodontists with experience and training in Accelerated Orthodontics can offer this option instead of more invasive jaw-moving surgery.
Is Accelerated Orthodontics Actually Faster?
Let’s say you have a special holiday coming up, or big event and you want your braces off and your teeth straighter by the time the event rolls around. With accelerated orthodontics, your dream is entirely possible. However, you must keep in mind that accelerated treatments will make traditional treatment faster than they otherwise would have been. But your own unique biological limits will effect the treatment time. That’s why it’s important to have an open conversation with your orthodontist before deciding on a course of treatment. Treatment estimates are always ‘estimates’ only; even with the help of acceleration. If there is an important deadline (such as a wedding) please communicate this to your orthodontist. If the appliances need to be taken off and replaced there could be additional costs to you. It is best to have discussed all these possibilities (and possible associated costs) before treatment commences.
Expert Advice for Accelerated Orthodontics
To make sure you make the best possible decisions for your oral health, it’s important to sit down with your orthodontist and periodontist to discuss all the accelerated orthodontics pros and cons. Any orthodontic treatment is a big investment, so you’ll want to have all the facts, possible risks and costs in front of you before reaching a final decision. Also, don’t forget the importance of a retainer once the orthodontist removes your braces. Retainers help to keep teeth in their new, straight position. So if you fail to wear the retainers as instructed, you risk undoing all that accelerated work.
Faster Treatment for Attractive Smiles
As you can see, there are several accelerated orthodontics pros and cons to consider before deciding whether or not it’s the right treatment for you. Amongst these considerations are price, objective, treatment time, possible risks, comfort, and the overall effectiveness of the treatment for you and your case. Once you weigh up all of these factors equally, you may find that accelerated orthodontics is a great option for you. The treatment uses state-of-the-art processes to help straighten your teeth faster without compromising aesthetics, functionality or comfort.
Find Out if You’re a Candidate Today
Accelerated Orthodontics is a highly effective treatment for a straighter smile. But it may not be for you, depending on your oral health. The best way to decide if you should have this type of orthodontic treatment is to book a consultation with a professional. Discuss all the accelerated orthodontics pros and cons and make an informed decision.
If you would like to learn more, book a consultation with the friendly and knowledgeable team at Fine Orthodontics today and start your path to a healthier, happier and straighter smile.