One of the great things about Invisalign is that it features a shorter average treatment time than regular braces. However, it may still take several months — or a year or longer — before you work your way through all of your aligners and get to begin enjoying your perfectly aligned smile. Is there any way to speed up the process? For most patients, the answer is yes. Let’s talk about how using AcceleDent and complying with your dentist’s treatment instructions can make your treatment proceed as quickly as possible.
AcceleDent Speeds Up Bone Remodeling
As Invisalign aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth, the bone that supports them undergoes a bit of remodeling. Its structure gradually changes to accommodate the teeth as they shift. AcceleDent can speed up the bone remodeling process. It is a small device that uses SoftPulse technology to deliver gentle vibrations to your teeth and bones. (The vibrations are gentler than an electric toothbrush and exert 200 times less force than chewing.) If you use it for just 20 minutes a day during your treatment, it could reduce your overall treatment time by up to 50%!
And don’t worry that moving your teeth more quickly might cause extra pain. Studies show that AcceleDent can actually play a role in greatly reducing orthodontic discomfort. Although enhanced comfort may not speed up your orthodontic treatment, it may make the time seem to go by faster!
Following Your Dentist’s Instructions
Here are a few tips that you can apply throughout your treatment to make sure it doesn’t run into any unnecessary delays:
- Partner with a dentist who offers AcceleDent. Not all Invisalign providers offer this technology, so it would be wise to ask before you even schedule your consultation.
- Wear your aligners 20 – 22 hours each day. Wearing them less may lead to slower tooth movements.
- Take care of your aligners. If you accidentally lose or damage an aligner, your treatment may be paused while you wait for your dentist to get a replacement for you.
- Contact your dentist ASAP if you run into a problem. If you damage an aligner, an aligner causes you significant discomfort, or you experience any other concerns, do not try to solve the problem on your own. Your dental team is ready to help you get your treatment back on track as quickly as possible.
Your Invisalign journey may not take as long as you think! Why not schedule a consultation with a qualified treatment provider to find out how long it will take you to achieve your ideal smile.
Meet the Practice
Drs. Shiloh Lieberman and Erin Page of Capital Smiles have helped countless individuals to enjoy the benefits of Invisalign. In fact, Dr. Page has been an Invisalign Preferred provider since 2013. AcceleDent is one of the many technologies that our practice uses to enhance the patient experience. If you would like to learn more about how you can straighten your teeth as quickly as possible, contact us at 518-374-0317.