What is Accelerated Orthodontics?
Accelerated Orthodontics is a cutting-edge technique that halves the time orthodontic treatment usually takes. It involves making fine cuts with a Piezo device in between the teeth that are due to be moved with Orthodontic braces. The fine cuts in the bone surrounding the teeth kick-starts the softening process that occurs naturally when teeth are moved by braces.
What is Piezocision?
Piezoelectric surgery uses micro-vibrations to make incisions in hard tissue. It does not affect the soft tissues and so cause very little damage to the surrounding tissue.
How long does it take and does it hurt?
The procedure is painless and takes 45 mins – 1 hour, depending on how many teeth need to be treated. There will only be a little soreness for one or two days after the surgery, and generally the recovery is very rapid.
I heard this is a big surgery?
There was an older technique that required more extensive surgery, but this new refinement using Piezo microcuts has completely changed the approach. Both the surgery and recovery time are now very short.
Can anyone have the treatment?
Most Orthodontic treatment (both Fixed Braces and Invisalign type aligners) will benefit from this treatment. There are a few exceptions. This needs to be discussed with the specialists. It is suitable for adolescents, young adults and adults.
Are there any other advantages and disadvantages?
If needed, Piezocision allows for correction of gum and bone deficiencies in adults at the same time as the procedure is carried out. You will need to commit to attend the Orthodontist fortnightly for adjustment of braces.
What are the stages in the treatment?
- Assessment by the Orthodontist and preparation of an Orthodontic Treatment Plan.
- Assessment by Dr Sidi in preparation for the surgical phase including any Radiographs and Scans.
- Placement of Braces or Aligners.
- Piezocision carried out by Dr Sidi two weeks later.
- Further adjustment of Orthodontic appliance by the Orthodontist two weeks later.