Orthodontic treatment usually takes a minimum of 12 to 18 months or longer in some cases. However, if you have mild to moderate misalignment or tooth crowding, there are faster options.
Here are a few options that you’ll want to consider if you’re shopping for a fast way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.
Fast-Acting Orthodontic Brands
Six-Month Smiles® - These are fixed braces with clear brackets and tooth-colored wires that use an innovative new technique to move significantly misaligned teeth in “the smile zone.” This procedure is an option for patients aged 16 and up who have crooked, unevenly spaced, or crowded front teeth. Because this method puts the full effort of the appliance on front teeth, there is less work to be done overall will move the targeted teeth at a much faster pace.
Fast-Braces® - Traditional metal braces move the crown of the tooth first, and the root of the tooth last. The Fast-Braces technology is similar to the conventional approach, but its design allows for the movement of the crown and root at the same time.
Invisalign® Express - The Invisalign full option takes about the same amount of time as traditional metal braces, but Invisalign Express provides two options for faster treatment. For milder orthodontic issues, these options can straighten teeth in just three to six months.
Another way orthodontists are expediting treatment is with a new process called "accelerated orthodontics."
AcceleDent is an orthodontic device that the patient wears over existing braces for up to 20 minutes each day. A gentle pulsing technology is used to accelerate the movement of your teeth by the braces.
Propel Alveocentesis is a system that includes a device which increases cytokine activity by stimulating the bone around teeth. This system makes teeth more responsive to the force of many types of braces, including Invisalign and can target individual teeth if necessary.
Propel Micro-Osteoperforation (MOP) is another way to increase cytokine activity. This method creates small pinhole openings in the bone around the teeth to speed up orthodontic treatment by then immediately applying force to reposition the teeth into the desired position.
The above methods all require the use of retainers for about six months after orthodontic treatment is completed. This helps the bone heal and keeps the newly aligned teeth stable. Vigilant oral hygiene is important when using these accelerated orthodontic methods.
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Call North Valley Orthodontics in Phoenix for more information. We offer a wide range of orthodontic solutions and create treatment plans to meet your specific needs.