One of the biggest complaints people have about orthodontics is that it takes a long time. It takes about a year to complete most orthodontic treatments, and some may take even longer: two or three years. There are ways to reduce the time required: Six Month Smiles ® cuts the time in half by only moving some of your teeth, while instant orthodontics cuts the time even more by moving none of your teeth.
But not everyone benefits from these limited approaches. What many people need is a way to accomplish tooth movements faster. Well, now we have it. Using the Aura device from AcceleDent, which can cut the time for orthodontic treatment by up to 50%!
The Secret of Speed, AcceleDent
The AcceleDent Aura device allows us to move your teeth faster using tiny vibrations. It is composed of two parts, an activator, which generates vibrations, and a mouthpiece, which you bite down on to convey those vibrations to your teeth.
Orthodontics works by applying steady force to your teeth. This steady force, augmented by your normal biting, chewing, and clenching motions, stimulates your bone, releasing osteoclasts, cells that break down bone in some places where the tooth is pressing up against the bone. It also stimulates the periodontal ligament, the tough, stretchy tissue that holds the tooth in place, causing it to release osteoblasts, special cells that build bone in areas where the ligament is being stretched.
AcceleDent Aura works by applying vibrational force to your teeth. The vibrating unit attaches to a mouthpiece. You bite down on the mouthpiece, which then conveys the vibrating energy into your teeth. These vibrations, like the normal biting, chewing, and clenching motions, stimulate your bone. Wearing the AcceleDent Aura is like getting a workout for your bones. Just like working out helps you build more muscle faster, AcceleDent Aura helps you build more bone faster.
Safe & Gentle
Some may worry that speeding up orthodontic work could be damaging to your teeth. After all, that’s why people are discouraged from moving through Invisalign aligners faster–it doesn’t give enough time for the bone to remodel and stabilize.
But clinical studies have shown that the AcceleDent Aura is safe for moving teeth. It doesn’t cause complications related to the movement of bones or teeth. It uses technology that has previously been approved for use in treating osteoporosis, so it has been proven to help build bone. And it has been cleared to help with with orthodontic movements.
The safety of AcceleDent Aura is partly related to its gentle approach. It’s much slower than an electric toothbrush, and applies about ⅛ the force. In fact, this gentle approach can actually improve the orthodontic experience, reducing discomfort.
But if we can consider the metaphor of a workout again, it is possible to work out too much. That’s why you’re not allowed to use AcceleDent Aura for more than 20 minutes a day.
If you are interested in learning more about accelerated orthodontics using AcceleDent Aura in Orange County, please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.