Dental patients who have Invisalign aligners or traditional braces fitted to straighten their teeth now have the opportunity to speed up the teeth straightening process using AcceleDent Optima.
This innovative removable device is designed to gently accelerate teeth movement in a simple, comfortable but yet effective manner.
AcceleDent is a removable oral device, similar in appearance to a retainer, which patients bite into and hold between their teeth. They are advised to do so just once each day for approximately 20 minutes.
Common pastimes such as watching television, reading, using a computer and listening to music can all be enjoyed while the appliance is being used.
The AcceleDent technology applies a pulsing motion to the teeth and surrounding structures such as the alveolar bone and the periodontal ligament, thereby speeding up the straightening process.
Many people wish their braces could come off sooner, particularly adult patients who may feel slightly self-conscious about the treatment.
Research has indicated that AcceleDent is likely to reduce orthodontic treatment times by between 30 and 50 per cent. This makes AcceleDent a useful optional adjunct for those undergoing brace treatment or Invisalign.
According to the US-based company behind the device, OrthoAccel Technologies, this type of vibration therapy has a history of providing health benefits in various situations.
A light vibrating plate was previously used by astronauts during periods of prolonged exposure to weightlessness to prevent the onset of muscle atrophy and bone loss mass.
Vibration therapy has existed in the healthcare sector since the 1800’s and is now a common method for the treatment of osteoporosis, muscle loss, joint pain and other conditions.
Available in the UK since late 2009, AcceleDent is compatible with both traditional metal braces and Invisalign.
Patients may be wishing to speed up their Invisalign or brace therapy for different reasons, such as wanting to finish their treatment for an important event such as a wedding or graduation.