FDA Approved: Wear These Braces For Half The Time

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Want to get out of your braces about 50 percent faster? The Food and Drug Administration has recently approved a new appliance, AcceleDent, that has been proven to cut the use of braces by about five months.

This device has been used outside the U.S. since 2009, and supports the pressure that braces or invisible liners (like Invisalign) put on the bone to gently move teeth into a straighter position, making for a more beautiful smile.

AcceleDent looks like a mouthpiece that is placed inside the mouth. It gives gentle pulses to the teeth and bone to accelerate the work the braces are doing. The wearer uses AcceleDent for 20 minutes every day. Clinical trials at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio showed that tooth movement was accelerated by as much as 106 percent.

“The evidence for faster tooth movement with the use of AcceleDent is welcomed by both orthodontists and patients since it may result in shorter orthodontic treatment time,” said Dr. Dubravko Pavlin, Professor of Orthodontics. “This, together with excellent tolerance, lack of discomfort and ease of use reported by our patients, indicates that AcceleDent will likely become an extremely useful tool and valuable adjunct appliance in orthodontic clinical practice.”

Manufacturer OrthoAccel Technologies is beginning plans to roll out AcceleDent in the U.S. now.

So here’s the question, would you be more willing to wear braces if you could get out of them faster? Tell us what you think of this new technology.

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The Time It Takes to Get Straight Teeth

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