According to the American Association of Orthodontists, one out of every five patients who undergo orthodontic treatment is an adult. The shift in patient age has brought changes to the demands on treatment options. In addition to discreet clear braces, today's orthodontic patient may also consider accelerated orthodontic therapy.
The reason that accelerated orthodontic therapy exists is that some patients simply do not want to wear braces for a year or more. In many cases, the minor surgical procedure for the accelerated process can shorten the overall treatment time to just a few months.
How it works?
Accelerated orthodontic treatment is similar to traditional therapy. The step that changes everything is a minor oral surgery. This procedure is performed shortly after braces have been applied to teeth, usually within a week. After numbing the treatment area, the oral surgeon will slightly alter the ligament and possibly the bone that secure teeth in place. When the hold on teeth is weakened, they move more quickly into their desired position. Because the procedure is performed with local anesthetic, minimal discomfort, if any, should be experienced. The primary side effect that patients note during accelerated orthodontic therapy is an "itchy" sensation.
The overall process of moving teeth is consistent between accelerated and traditional therapies. Whether with metal, invisible, or lingual braces, orthodontic treatment moves teeth through gentle force.
There are several benefits to the In-Ovation® C system, including:
- Metal braces are an extremely durable and affordable option. Though accelerated treatment may last only a few months, some patients prefer to avoid the high visibility of metal braces.
- Ceramic braces are virtually invisible when you speak or smile. The braces are resistant to stains, but the ligatures that secure wires to brackets may become discolored. Milde Family Orthodontics offers self-ligating braces that have no bands, only beautifully discreet fixtures.
- Lingual braces are affixed to the back of teeth rather than the front. Completely hidden from view, the lingual brace lets you live without major changes to your diet or your daily habits. While the idea of entirely hidden braces are appealing, there are potential drawbacks to lingual braces, such as a longer treatment time and higher cost.
Orthodontic treatment gives you a more attractive smile and more. Correcting structural problems, straightens teeth, corrects overbite and other malocclusion, and makes it much easier to keep teeth and gums healthy and free of disease. Learn more about accelerated orthodontic therapy at Milde Family Orthodontics in Los Osos or San Luis Obispo.