Leading research in orthodontic technology has shown that we can increase the speed at which we move the teeth by stimulating the bone that surrounds the teeth. Teeth move through a process called bone remodeling. When force is applied to the teeth, bone cells (osteoblasts and osteoclasts) are mobilized around the root of the tooth. This cellular response causes changes in the bone surrounding the tooth, enabling orthodontics to guide tooth movement. Dr. Moricz is happy to discuss your unique needs to determine which methods of accelerated orthodontics are best for you.
Propel stimulates the bone that surrounds the teeth by performing micro-osteoperforations (creating tiny holes in the bone that surrounds the tooth). This stimulation causes tooth movement to be accelerated and the bone regrowth to be improved. This procedure is done in our office with the use of topical or local anesthesia. The effects of Propel can last for up to 12 weeks. A series of treatments can be performed every 3 months as needed. Propel works beautifully for patients who have severe malalignment of one or a few teeth or who have a stubborn or large space.
Wilkodontics, also known as Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (AOO), is a minimally invasive surgical procedure, usually done under general anesthesia, in which a small portion of your alveolar bone’s external surface is removed. This is the bone that surrounds and holds your teeth. For a short period of time, the bone’s mineral content will be decreased, allowing your braces to quickly move your teeth into their desired positions. Your alveolar bone will heal quickly and actually become stronger than it was before the procedure. If this procedure is right for you, Dr. Moricz will work closely with a periodontist who will perform the procedure.
This procedure can minimize the time you are in braces by up to 50%, can help those with preexisting periodontal issues or previous bone loss. This procedure is done using teamwork between Moricz Orthodontic and one of the skilled periodontists in the are who have been trained in Wilkodontics. Ask us if an osteogenic orthodontic procedure is right for you.