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If you're an adult who wants to use accelerated braces as a way to straighten your teeth, you probably have many questions about the treatment. You may want to know why and how the treatment benefits you over wearing traditional metal braces. In addition, you may want to know what you need to do before you get them placed. Here are some things you should know about accelerated orthodontic braces and the steps you need to take to get them.
How Are Accelerated Orthodontic Braces Faster than Traditional Orthodontic Braces?
Depending on how misaligned or poorly placed your teeth are, it may take up to a year for accelerated braces to improve your smile. Although this may seem like a long time, accelerated orthodontic treatment actually takes less time to work than traditional metal braces.
Traditional braces often take up to four years to improve your teeth. During this time, they must overcome a number of issues like excess gum tissue and misplaced jawbones before they actually straighten your teeth. The best thing about accelerated orthodontic treatment is that it addresses these problems before you get your braces placed.
What Happens Before You Get Accelerated Braces Placed and Why?
Before your orthodontist places your accelerated orthodontic braces, you generally undergo periodontal surgery to fix any orthodontic problems that may interfere with the rapid movement of the braces. If you don't, it may take longer to fix your teeth.
Periodontal surgery for accelerated orthodontic treatment doesn't take very long. It's a minor procedure that removes excess gum tissue from around your teeth. During the surgery, you may also need to have the bone near your teeth roots trimmed or shaved down to accommodate the accelerated braces. These steps allow the braces to correct your teeth quickly and more efficiently.
To give you a better idea and understanding about the surgery, here are two detailed explanations of what it fixes:
Incorrect Jawbone Placement
Periodontal surgery plays a big part in how well your accelerated braces work. One of the things it addresses specifically is incorrect jawbone placement. Most orthodontic problems start because the jawbones don't sit correctly in the face.
For example, your jaws may protrude too far out or sit too far back in your face. It's also possible to develop pain and discomfort in the joints of your lower jawbone. You may have problems chewing food properly because the joints can't open and close the jaw correctly.
Additionally, any of these poor jawbone placements can change how your face looks from the side or front. You may notice that one side of your face looks asymmetrical or unbalanced with the other side. Your chin may look smaller or larger, depending on how uneven your lower jawbone is with your upper jawbone.
Periodontal surgery prepares your teeth and jawbones for the accelerated braces because:
Excess Gum Tissue
Having too much gum tissue over your teeth crowns can make them look small and insignificant when you smile. This issue may take a while to fix with traditional appliances like metal braces. Traditional braces may also irritate or cause pain in your gums, especially if the metal brackets of those braces rub against the gums.
Periodontal surgery trims and sculpts your gums so that they look even and more attractive while you wear your braces, as well as after they come off. Now that you understand why you need periodontal surgery, it's time to schedule your appointment for it.
Who Performs Your Orthodontic Surgery and When?
Your orthodontist usually assigns this job to a periodontist or cosmetic dentist. These specialty dentists may work directly with an orthodontist during specific cases like accelerated treatment. Additionally, you may need to schedule your periodontal surgery a week or so prior to your main orthodontic treatment. This gives your mouth time to heal properly.
After your surgery, you may expect to take pain medication and antibiotics. You should take these medications, especially your antibiotics, for as long as your providers recommend. The antibiotics will keep infection out of the surgical sites before and after you get your braces.
If you have any other questions about accelerated orthodontic treatment or periodontal surgery, contact your orthodontist for an appointment. The more you know about these treatment options, the faster you can get the smile you want to have.
To learn more, be sure to contact Aspen Orthodontics.