The results of bite correction are strongly appreciated by Houston orthodontic patients, but what about speeding up the treatment process? With micro-osteoperforation, this is now easier than ever. The process involves stimulating bone restructuring so that braces can move teeth more quickly. Whereas surgery was once required for this, a simple device can now be used to achieve it in a non-invasive way. Here is a look at how this works and what patients are candidates.
Stimulating Bone Remodeling
Teeth are held in place by ligaments as well as bone, which are difficult to reshape and require long-term pressure using braces. When the bone is actively growing, however, bite correction can take place in less time. Osteoperforation involves making tiny holes in the jaw bone, causing the release of cytokines that speed up the bone remodeling process.
Propel, a system designed for micro-osteoperforation, is fast and easily tolerated by patients. It is performed in a series of short sessions, and works with any type of braces. Whether patients receive metal braces, ceramic braces, or Invisalign, they utilize this treatment and count on having their teeth straightened in as little as half the time it would normally take.
Candidates for Propel
Osteoperforation, specifically with Propel, is an option for four out of five Houston patients. It is not limited to patients whose orthodontic needs are complex. However, because Propel shortens treatment so considerably, it is often most welcomed by patients who want faster results. For patients whose bite irregularities are very severe, requiring unusually long treatment with braces, Propel may offer a major time saver by shortening corrective time and reducing the number of visits.
Some patients may be surprised to learn that Propel is almost painless and that recovery time is essentially nonexistent. It is an effective addition to orthodontics that can help deliver fast, impressive changes to the smile. Invisalign, traditional braces, and other options all are compatible with Propel, making it a versatile option. You can learn more about Propel and find out if you are a candidate by scheduling an appointment with our orthodontist.
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