Changing the positions of teeth requires retraining the tissues that hold the teeth in place. If these tissues can be temporarily weakened, the repositioning process can happen more quickly. Osteoperforation is one way to accomplish this. The process involves making small perforations in the bone that stabilizes teeth, allowing orthodontic treatment to proceed far more quickly than it could otherwise. Here is more about this process in its different forms.
The original method of perforating bone before using braces, Wilckodontics involves a surgical procedure. In addition to the use of cuts into the bone, the procedure includes removal of its outer surface. The healing process naturally creates a loss of minerals in the bone, allowing it to be reshaped more readily. A recovery period is required immediately after surgery, but total orthodontic treatment time is reduced markedly.
The development of a simpler osteoperforation technique has made this orthodontic approach tolerable for more Houston patients. The Propel system offers a single-use device similar to a pen that can be used to make tiny perforations in the bone without the need for surgery. Little discomfort is experienced and no recovery time is required. Repeat sessions are scheduled throughout treatment to keep the tissues malleable as the braces work.
Candidacy and Compatibility
The best candidates for standard and micro-osteoperforation are those whose bite irregularities require bite correction taking longer than what they would prefer. When Houston patients choose Propel, they can combine the process with any type of braces, including traditional braces and Invisalign. While treatment time can vary with the orthodontics used, patients who opt for these systems can expect their teeth to be straightened up to sixty percent more quickly.
The use of tiny bone incisions has long been used to speed orthodontic results, and it is now easier than ever thanks to Propel. While many patients may appreciate the faster bite correction these techniques offer, those with the most severe orthodontic problems may benefit the most. Patients who want to learn more about how this process works can schedule a consultation with our orthodontist at Antoine Dental Center.
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