Orthodontics has definitely changed over the last couple decades, but one thing remains the same: Patients are still looking for ways to speed up treatment and get their perfect smile sooner. Is it really possible to make orthodontic treatment go faster?
Chair-Side Accelerating Devices
One development in orthodontics that claims to be able to speed up the process of straightening teeth is a type of chair-side device used in conjunction with conventional braces. The idea is that by creating micro-osteoperforations (MOPs), which is the act of stimulating the tissue around the teeth to increase blood flow, the patient’s teeth will be able to move faster than normal.
While there is some scientific basis that makes this a promising idea, in theory, the actual research on this method of attempting to accelerate tooth movement has shown that it does very little, if anything, to speed up the process of straightening teeth.
Custom Braces Can Make Orthodontic Treatment Go Faster
Rather than opting to use devices that sound promising, we prefer methods with proven results here at Milnor Orthodontics. That’s why we use custom braces made by KLOwen for our patients.
Custom braces are made using innovative 3D printing technology, resulting in brackets and wires that are fitted exactly for your smile rather than using existing pieces to create braces. This process is much more efficient and precise, allowing patients to get better results in less time. And since this method cuts down on orthodontic appointments, we are able to offer it at the same price as traditional braces.
Invisalign offers similar advantages. Each set of Invisalign trays is custom made for the patient, increasing the precision of tooth movement and allowing for a speedier finish to the treatment process.
By choosing custom orthodontic treatment options, you can get the best results in the least amount of time possible.
Keeping Up with Appointments
If your goal is to complete orthodontic treatment in less time, then you’ll also want to focus on not wasting time. One of the most important aspects of finishing orthodontic treatment in a timely manner is keeping up with your appointments. If you miss scheduled appointments, you’ll end up pushing back the end date of your treatment.
Set reminders for yourself in a way that works best for you and make time to attend every appointment. If an emergency arises and you can’t get to the office, be sure to reschedule as soon as possible to keep your treatment on track.
Avoiding damage to your braces will also help you get done with treatment on time. Stick to your food restrictions with braces, steering clear of chewy or crunchy foods. You should also wear your orthodontic mouthguard when playing contact sports so you don’t accidentally damage your braces while having fun.
The same is true for your Invisalign trays, only you’ll want to focus more on not losing them since they are invisible and can easily be lost or accidentally thrown out.
While it’s tempting to try different ways of accelerating your orthodontic treatment, your best chances of getting finished sooner are by choosing custom treatment options designed specifically for you and sticking to your appointments.