How to Safely Expedite Braces Treatment
By Kellyn Hodges on December 19, 2014
At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, we've helped countless patients around the greater Philadelphia area smile with absolute confidence. Many times we are able to achieve these great results trough the use of traditional braces and advanced orthodontic care, though we've also been able to use state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to improve patients' health and wellness. A number of these advanced treatments allow us to reduce overall orthodontic treatment time, which is a topic we'd like to consider right now.
Is faster treatment with braces actually possible?
Yes, it is possible.
While braces treatment isn't that long relatively speaking (on average, roughly 6 to 12 months in children and early teens, though this can vary), there are ways that your treatment can be accelerated and ideal results achieved both quickly and safely.
Getting Braces When You're Young Makes for Easier and Faster Treatment
When you're still young and growing, it's much easier for orthodontic treatment to be effective and accomplish its end goals in a shorter amount of time. That's why getting braces and other kinds of orthodontic care as soon as possible is ideal: it's quicker and easier to do it when you're young than it would be as an adult. Whereas the average treatment time for younger patients is 6 to 12 months, adult braces can require 12 months to 20 months, or in some cases more.
Keep those timeframes in mind with your child, and make sure he or she sees the dentist regularly so potential orthodontic care can be addressed at an early age.
Fast-Acting Adult Braces Is Ideal for Older Patients
While it's faster and easier for orthodontics to make a difference in younger patients, there are ways that adult patients can expedite their orthodontic care. The solution is often fast acting adult braces (FAAB). This involves the use of Invisalign® or traditional metal braces in combination with cosmetic dentistry treatments such as porcelain veneers. By adjusting alignment of the visible teeth and using cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of alignment overall, patients can get excellent orthodontic care results.
Speeding Up Treatment with Wilckodontics®
Also known as Accelerated Osteogentic Orthodontics™, Wilckodontics® is able to make orthodontic care proceed up to four times faster than average. Many patients who undergo Wilckodontics® treatment have their teeth straightened in 3 to 8 months, with excellent results.
The secret of Wilckodontics® involves a careful consideration of the structure of the mouth. Rather than applying force to the crowns of the teeth, Wilckodontics® places an emphasis on addressing the bone physiology of the mouth. Forces are applied to the bone structure that supports the teeth, remodeling and reshaping the bone so that tooth alignment can be achieved in a more rapid and yet safe and efficient manner.
Which orthodontic treatment option is right for me?
As you may have guessed, the answer really depends on your situation.
Each patient's mouth is different, and his or her needs have to be taken into account on an individual basis. If you come into the practice for a consultation, we'll assess the state of your smile and its current alignment, which will then determine the best course of action. Feel free to ask questions and voice concerns about any treatment options we suggest or that you are interested in. This consultation will help you understand what treatment timeframes are and which options may be most ideal or advantageous to you.
Contact Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics
For more information about braces as well as other treatment that might be ideal for your dental health needs, be sure to contact our advanced orthodontic care centers today. At Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics, we will make sure that you have the information you need to get the treatment that's needed most.