For someone with crooked teeth, having braces fitted is the solution. Whilst many people have braces fitted in their teen years, adults may also choose to get braces to correct their teeth. The median length of time that braces are fitted for is between two and four years, which for most adults, is a very long period of time. Fortunately, advancements in orthodontic procedures have meant that with accelerated orthodontics, this time span is reduced to under a year, with most people only needing to wear braces for between three and eight months.

What is accelerated orthodontics?

Accelerated orthodontics is a type of orthodontics in which braces are fitted in combination with a minor surgical procedure. This surgery is what lessens the time needed for the braces to work in straightening the teeth.

What does the procedure involve?

Before the braces are fitted, the orthodontist will perform a procedure in which the gums and bones are shaved and reformed to allow the teeth to align into the correct position more quickly.

Accelerated Orthodontics Pros:

  • The most obvious benefit of accelerated orthodontics is the shortened amount of time that is needed to correct the alignment of teeth. For adults with professional careers, this can be a particularly attractive benefit.
  • Any type of braces can be used.
  • Correcting misalignment has been shown to drastically boost self-confidence in people.

Accelerated Orthodontics Cons:

  • The surgical procedure can add an extra layer of discomfort, especially immediately afterwards.
  • It is a very expensive procedure and one that is not commonly covered by most insurance companies.
  • Because the procedure is fast-tracked, your teeth will shift much more quickly than they would with regular braces fitted. This means that you will need to make very frequent visits to the orthodontist to regularly have your braces tightened.
  • Because accelerated orthodontics is such a new field, there isn’t much research relating to the long-term effects of the procedure and whether the teeth will remain aligned. However, at this stage, all indications point in the direction that the accelerated orthodontics procedure is just as effective as having traditional braces fitted for an extended period of time.
  • Accelerated orthodontics is not possible for everyone. If your teeth are severely misaligned, unfortunately traditional orthodontics are the only option.

For more information about the procedure, make an appointment with your dentist or orthopaedist to discuss the procedure in detail.