The premise of faster orthodontic treatment excites a lot of people, be it someone who is planning for an important occasion or just about to embark on an exciting new career.
As with any other treatment, accelerated orthodontic treatment brings with it benefits as well as some disadvantages.
1. SHORTER TREATMENT DURATION
Getting straight teeth faster is the main benefit of accelerated orthodontics. Patients can easily reduce their treatment time by up to a third compared to conventional braces treatment.
2. BETTER STABILITY
Treatment procedures to accelerate teeth movement have the ability to induce a greater bone remodelling response. This allows for accurate positioning of the roots of teeth and increases the long term stability of braces or Invisalign treatment.
3. SAVE VISITS
People who live busy lives appreciate the fewer visits associated with faster orthodontic treatment.
THE NOT SO GOOD
People who choose to speed up teeth movement using patented micro vibration devices will need to adhere to the recommended daily use in order to be successful.
The total cost of accelerated orthodontics is higher than braces or Invisalign treatment alone. This is in part due to the cost of the devices or the additional procedures.
Surgical methods used to hasten teeth movement can potentially be uncomfortable and have a small risk of injuring the roots of the teeth. As teeth movement is much faster than with traditional orthodontics, the patient may initially feel an itching sensation in the gums or feel that their teeth is shakier than usual.
7. MORE SUITABLE FOR ADULTS
Accelerated orthodontics is not a ‘one size fit all’ solution. Invasive forms of accelerated orthodontics are not usually indicated in children. Adults tend to benefit more from accelerated orthodontics as the supporting bone around teeth becomes denser with physical maturation.
8. FINDING A TRAINED PROVIDER
Finding a qualified orthodontist who specializes in accelerated orthodontics may be a daunting task. Though accelerated orthodontics has been getting a lot of interest recently, it is still not a form of treatment that is available in many areas.