The Orthodontic world is rapidly changing. One of the major changes is the introduction of accelerated Orthodontic treatments. Treatment times have already been cut to half of what they were just two years ago. This has been achieved by accelerating our natural cycles that allow teeth to be moved through orthodontics. Some patients can be treated in as little as six months with Invisalign therapy or traditional braces!
The bone that houses the roots of our teeth have a natural recycling process called the osteogenic cycle. This involves two bone cells called osteoblast and osteoclast. Osteoblast synthesize bone, and osteoclast break down bone tissue. This function is critical in the maintenance, repair, and remodeling of bones in our body. Essentially, our bones are in a constant state of recycling. Applying consistent pressure to a tooth causes the bone around the tooth to adapt and allows the tooth to then move with the pressure provided by either Invisalign trays or traditional braces .
Accelerated Orthodontics is achieved by increasing the production of these special cells in our body causing the process to double in speed as well. The early stages of this acceleration were only able to be achieved by surgical means. Patients would see a specially trained periodontist or oral surgeon who would perforate the bone with a drill and the healing process would cause an increase in cellular production. The down side to this option is the discomfort associated with surgery as well as the cost due to the large amount of time the surgery takes the specialist.
Thankfully this new science has entered into a new phase. By inserting a mouthpiece fitted around traditional braces or Invisalign trays and wearing the activator every day the Orthodontist at West paces Ferry Orthodontics can speed up tooth movement through the use of vibrations. This increases blood flow in our upper and lower jaw and this in turn increases the production of the osteoblast and osteoclast, causing the bone to remodel to the tooth’s new position much faster. This also decreases the inflammation caused by orthodontics lowering the level of discomfort as well as speeding the process up.