The Orthodontic Adviser, hears two common requests over and over again from adult’s wanting to improve their smile, I want invisible treatment and I want fast treatment.
Invisalign has taken care of the invisible request (well nearly invisible), the clear aligners being the treatment of choice for over 3 million people world wide. But quicker treatment has not always been on the table with Invisalign. For various reasons traditional braces are generally accepted to be more effective at moving teeth, so patients are often given shorter expected treatment times than with Invisalign. As a patient you may be have to choose between invisible or faster.
Now there is a new player in the mix helping to enhance the use of Invisalign and other aligner treatment called AcceleDent. AcceleDent is a small, and simple to use, hands free device that applies gentle micro pulses to your teeth and gums. The company claims that using AcceleDent for 20 minutes a day will speed up the bone remodelling process around your teeth and allow the tooth bed to be moved faster and safely. To use AcceleDent, one would wear their Invisalign tray and place the small device in your mouth holding it between your teeth while it gently vibrated for 20mins. Sounds easy? Well, from all reports it is.
The company claims safe and fast tooth movement and while the clinical evidence is limited and somewhat contradictory the anecdotal reports from consumers is overwhelming favourable.
Reviews from consumers include a range of benefits inline with the company claims.
What consumers are saying,
- Able to change aligners faster, every 5-7 days rather than 14 days.
- Faster overall treatment
- Reduced pain and discomfort when changing aligners
- simple and easy to use
The down falls are,
- none or limited clinical evidence
- if your treatment plan is poor then your results will be compromised over the short and long term
- expensive and not resale-able
What we recommend,
- always have a specialist orthodontist provide your treatment
- a proper diagnosis and accurate treatment plan will be the biggest contributor to treatment time
- choose a specialist based on reputation and experience
The clinical proof may follow, but even if it doesn’t the fact that consumers seem to be getting great results will likely see more and more adults searching for AcceleDent to help speed up their treatment. Even if it only works because patients are more compliant with their Invisalign, I guess that must be a good thing. Perhaps think about AcceleDent like a personal trainer for your teeth. If you have a little left in your budget and time ticking, then why not give it a go. Ask your orthodontist about AcceleDent when you’re getting started, this way you can get the full benefits and may be able to pay it off over the course of your treatment.