How Acceledent Can Get You Straighter Teeth Faster
Orthodontic treatment can feel like a long, drawn out, uncomfortable process. And although you know the end result of a straighter, more beautiful smile is worth it, it can feel like a daunting process at times. Do you have a big event coming up that you would love to have your braces off by? Do you feel like you’ve had your braces on forever with no end in sight? While the length of orthodontic treatments vary for each person, there are certain things you can do to accelerate the teeth-straightening process.
Of course the most important thing is to follow your orthodontist’s instructions. When your braces are first put on, your orthodontist gives you a laundry lists of do’s and don’ts and tips for caring for your braces and your teeth during treatment. These instructions are very important to follow because if you do not, you are risking delaying your treatment. Eating food that can damage your braces, not cleaning your teeth properly and missing orthodontist appointments all can slow down the teeth straightening process.
Besides adhering to your orthodontist’s instructions, there are tools like AcceleDent that can also speed up the process. You can use this FDA-cleared medical device in your home in addition to your braces and aligners to stimulate the bone remodeling needed to reposition your teeth. You use it just 20 minutes a day to start seeing results.
How does AcceleDent work?
The key to the success of AcceleDent is its SoftPulse Technology which facilities the tooth movement process by applying consistent gentle pressure to the teeth via micropulses. This light force will cause the teeth move faster, accelerating the bone remodeling process.
The device is lightweight and easy to use. It consists of a mouthpiece that can be fitted around your braces or aligners and a hands-free device. You just insert the mouthpiece around your braces or aligners and wear it for 20 minutes daily.
By using it every day you can speed up your treatment by almost 50% and is very safe to use. The pressure applied is less than that of a power toothbrush, but still very effective. AcceleDent also helps makes your bracers or aligners feel more comfortable to wear.
Another unique feature of the device is that it keeps track of your usage, not only how many session, but how many minutes each session. Your orthodontist will use this data to adjust your treatment as needed.
AcceleDent was first made available in the United States in 2012 and is only available by prescription from your orthodontist.
Who should get AcceleDent?
You are probably asking yourself, how do I know if AcceleDent is right for me? If you are looking to shave some time off your orthodontic treatment, then you should consider AcceleDent. This is especially useful if you have a big event like a wedding or vacation coming up that you’d like to have your braces off by. Or maybe you are graduating soon and want to have a renewed self-confidence when you start going for job interviews. Why should you have to wait when these new technologies are available?
After using AcceleDent on a regular basis, you will find that you will be able to move up aligners or have your wires adjusted earlier than you would with without the extra help. Instead of having your aligners replaced every two weeks, you might be able to have them replaced every week. And if you wear traditional braces, you will be able to have your wires adjusted a lot more frequently as well. Many patients also report that they experience less tooth soreness as well.
AcceleDent will work with most types of braces and aligners and is safe for both adults and children. Adults especially are always looking for ways to speed up the process because who wants a mouth full of metal when you have to present at an important business meeting?
Consider this also: If you have severe spacing or bite issues like an overbite or underbite, orthodontic treatment tends to take longer. However, with AcceleDent you will see results in almost half the time it normally would have taken. Some complicated orthodontic issues though are not best suited for this type of accelerated treatment though. It is best to talk to your orthodontist about your particular situation. Make a point to ask about it at your next appointment.
Keep in mind also that you can’t just pick up Acceledent in one of the aisles at your local pharmacy. You need to talk to your orthodontist and get a prescription.
Consider all your options.
Besides AcceleDent, there are other options to accelerate the teeth-straightening process like the Propel Chairside Excellator.
Propel Chairside Excellerator is done in the orthodontist’s office instead of at home like AcceleDent. It also accelerates bone metabolism so that your teeth can move into their new positions more easily, shaving some time off your treatment. Ask your orthodontist if this treatment can be done during your normal orthodontic appointments or if you have to schedule a separate appointment to get it done.
Your orthodontist can also perform minor oral surgery to shave the gums and bones to allow the teeth to shift more easily. Of course, even minor surgery, is a big commitment so weigh all your options carefully.
Consider the cost of acceleration.
Unfortunately, the cost of accelerating your orthodontic treatment is an additional fee to your braces or Invisalign aligners and it is not covered by most insurance companies. AcceleDent can run you around $800 to $900. If you have the extra money though, it will be worth the investment when you can show off your straighter, more beautiful smile a lot quicker than with just regular orthodontic treatment.
To ensure you are making the best decision for your individual situation, sit down with your orthodontist and discuss all the pros and cons of Acceledent and other accelerated orthodontic treatments. It is a big investment so you will want to have all the facts before making a final decision.