PROPEL Accelerated Orthodontics
March 3, 2014
PROPEL Accelerated Orthodontics in Bakersfield, CA
Perhaps the most popular question in any orthodontic treatment consultation, “How long is it going to take?” Weddings, senior photos, proms, formals, quinceneras and lots of life events can happen in the course of a normal comprehensive orthodontic treatment time of 27 months. Advances in bracket design, wire technology and Invisalign have made the actual movement of teeth more efficient, but not necessarily faster since speed of tooth movement has always been dictated by the biological processes that actually allow them to move.
The answer to faster tooth movement lies in stimulation of the bone remodeling and healing processes themselves, rather than a new brace, wire, or method of applying force to teeth. All sorts of stimulation methods have been explored, ranging from vibration and ultrasound to low-level laser light and hormone therapy, without much promise. Adjunctive surgical procedures have proven effective in accelerating tooth movement and are nothing new. However, that have typically involved multiple visits to periodontists or oral surgeons for invasive and uncomfortable procedures carrying the risk of gum recession after treatment. These procedures typically involved opening up the gum tissue to place small perforations in the surrounding area. These perforations increase blood flow and levels of healing factors in the tissues supporting the teeth. This leads to increased rates of bone remodeling and faster tooth movement. For a vast majority of patients, these procedures were not worth the discomfort or expense regardless of the decrease in treatment time.
What if the same induction of healing factors and increased blood flow could be stimulated without the invasiveness and discomfort of traditional gum surgery? Thanks to the new PROPEL® system, similar results can be achieved with a simple procedure in our office with minimal discomfort and little to no recovery time.
PROPEL® works with the your own biology to stimulate the bone surrounding your teeth; helping the teeth to move faster and more predictably into their ideal position so we can reveal your new smile faster and in fewer visits to our office.
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