Accelerated orthodontics – The Basics

Traditional orthodontic treatments—braces, retainers, and Invisalign— are typically slow going. It can take months to years in order to move the position of the teeth. The goal of accelerated orthodontics is to shorten the time needed to fix the position of the teeth.
How does it work?
Accelerated orthodontics refers to a range of procedures, each of which is inherently different. However, minor invasive surgery is an important and unavoidable aspect. Generally, an oral surgeon will shave and reform the gums and bones of the teeth before placing the braces. This will enable the teeth to move into position quickly and easily.
The Benefits
• The biggest benefit of accelerated orthodontics is that it saves time. A treatment that could take years can be easily completed in 3-8 months. This makes it a good choice for those who need a quick solution.
• It offers increased tooth stability following the procedures and makes the new bite position permanent.
• It reduces the need for tooth extraction.
• Any type of braces can be used with accelerated orthodontics making it versatile in nature. You can choose from traditional wire and metal braces, ceramic braces, and lingual braces.
The Disadvantages
• The long-term effectiveness of the procedure is still under debate, due to the fact that the procedure is relatively new. However, it should be noted that as of now no long term ill-effects have been noted and the general consensus is that the procedure is just as effective as traditional orthodontic methods.
• Because the braces work on an accelerated timeline, they need to be adjusted far more often that regular braces. This means more visits to the dentist.
• The cost of accelerated orthodontics is one of the biggest deterrents. Due to its surgical nature and the fact that it is rarely covered by insurance, it can be an expensive decision.

Accelerated orthodontics are a good option because they offer a great permanent solution to fixing any misalignment of teeth. However, more often than not you could achieve the same results with traditional braces. The benefit of a shorter duration is offset by the added cost, which means that it is a valuable option for those who are short on time. In other cases, braces will work just fine!

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