Acceledent , A Faster Track For Orthodontic Treatment
While braces provide better oral health, an attractive smile and enhanced self-image, many orthodontic patients — particularly the one out of five who are adults — still wish their braces could come off sooner.
Mechanical stimulation (vibration) of bone has been studied since the mid-1980’s to heal bone fractures and to treat osteoporosis.
Studies have shown that mechanical stimulation of bone can increase the rate of fracture healing and bone density in long bones. Vibrating plates are currently available to treat bone density in long bones.
A team of orthodontists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio hopes to speed up and improve orthodontic treatment using a new device called the AcceleDent.
A study was done which involved 34 patients ages 12 to 40 who needed braces. Patients received standard orthodontic treatment including any necessary extractions, and were fitted for braces at the Health Science Center Orthodontic Clinic. Once their braces were on, patients were provided with an AcceleDent device to use at home.
Patients were instructed to place the device in their mouth and bite down for 20 minutes a day during orthodontic treatment. While in the mouth, the device delivers a low-frequency pulsating vibration to the teeth. The vibration is not uncomfortable and is barely noticeable to the patient. The researchers concluded that micro pulsation with certain frequency and strength enhanced the metabolism in bone tissue surrounding resulting in faster tooth movement .
In recent clinical studies, they found a correlation between wearing AcceleDent devices and reduction in pain or discomfort accompanied by orthodontic movement .
Masri Orthodontics is now offering AcceleDent Aura. Please contact our office at 734-261-8860 for more information on how this can speed up your treatment and reduce any added discomfort from orthodontics. AcceleDent is so easy to use. By inserting the mouthpiece fitted around your existing orthodontics and wearing the activator for 20 minutes everyday, AcceleDent Aura can speed up tooth movement through the use of SoftPulse Technology®. Faster tooth movement may decrease the duration of your orthodontic treatment and may help to make your orthodontics more comfortable.