Straighter Teeth Through Bone Grafting

With braces requiring years to straighten teeth, accelerated orthodontics has become more appealing to both patients and dentists. And now, thanks to a newly-improved procedure, what used to take ages can now be accomplished in months.

Periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontics, or PAOO, involves incising the bone holding the patient's teeth in place, followed by placing bone grafts over the scored areas. During healing, the bone softens, which allows teeth to be aligned with braces far faster than with typical orthodontic procedures.

Performed under local anesthesia in the dentist's office, PAOO costs about $12,500 on average-about twice as much as traditional braces. However, many feel the faster format is worth the price.