Many patients who might benefit from orthodontic treatment are reluctant to consider an intervention that will obscure their smiles for the better part of two years. Who wants to be stuck in metal appliances for such a long period of time?
Fortunately, those patients can get straighter smiles with shorter treatment thanks to a special type of oral surgery that helps the braces to reposition the teeth more quickly, shaving up to eight months from the treatment timeline.
This intervention, known as Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (AOO), involves collaboration between an oral surgeon and an orthodontist. Patients of any age can qualify for this treatment, as long as all of their permanent teeth have emerged.
With AOO, the oral surgeon prepares the supporting bone material in a way that facilitates faster bone movement. The surgeon scores the bone, removing a small amount and rendering the bone softer. This makes it easier for the teeth to move into their correct positions. Consequently, they do so more quickly.
After the bone is altered in the surgery, it begins to re-mineralize in 4-8 weeks, leaving behind bone material that is as strong as it was before the procedure.
The surgery component of Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics is a straightforward outpatient procedure. It is completed in just a few hours. The orthodontist and the oral surgeon will collaborate closely on the timing of the surgery to achieve the desired outcomes.
As with any oral surgery, AOO patients must be healthy enough to tolerate the procedure. Before performing the surgery, your oral surgeon will examine you for any signs of infection or other oral diseases that could cause complications.
When your orthodontist works with an oral surgeon to provide you with Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics, you can enjoy a perfectly aligned smile quicker than with conventional orthodontic treatment. If you want to spend less time in braces, talk to your orthodontist about this option and schedule a consultation with our skilled team of oral surgeons.