The lifelong benefits of braces are well worth the time investment they require, but many Houston patients would prefer even faster results. With Propel, an innovative device that works with all types of braces, patients can get just that. Propel orthodontics practically “propels” treatment with braces to the finish line more quickly by making the positions of teeth more malleable. Below is a deeper look at this exciting new treatment option.
The Foundation of Propel
Propel works on the same principles as alveocentesis, a surgical procedure that is sometimes used in combination with braces. Alveocentesis involves making small perforations in the bones that hold teeth in place. Having been activated, the osteoclasts within the jaws rapidly remodel under the forces created by braces. This addition to orthodontics can cut total treatment time by as much as half depending on the patient. Rather than using invasive surgery to achieve this effect, Propel orthodontics involves a short session performed under local anesthesia. The technique is officially known as micro-osteoperforation and is completed with a simple, specialized device configured for the individual.
Candidacy for Propel
Any patient who wants to finish orthodontic treatment more quickly can benefit from Propel. Instead of requiring a significant time investment and recovery period for surgery, as alveocentesis does, Propel necessitates only a short, easy appointment. No soft tissue damage occurs thanks to the small size of the Propel device, so patients can immediately start enjoying fast bite correction instead of waiting for their gums to heal. Any type of braces, including metal braces and aligner-based clear braces, can be accelerated using Propel orthodontics.
Braces generally take anywhere from a few months to two years to work, and more complex cases can take even more time. Today, patients have the option to shorten their treatment by choosing Propel orthodontics. Besides speeding bite correction, Propel benefits patients by reducing their need for appointments, saving them time as a result. The reduction in treatment time may also make orthodontics more attractive to some patients, allowing more to receive its considerable benefits for oral and overall health. By scheduling a consultation with our orthodontist in Houston, patients can learn more about how Propel can help them.
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