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Ultrasound Orthodontics is the latest addition to the High Speed Braces program- approved by Health Canada to provide faster and safer treatment than conventional methods. May not be appropriate for all situations. 

HIGH SPEED BRACES® promotes the responsible public education of  'short term cosmetically focused orthodontics' and critical reviews of what methods do and do NOT speed orthodontic treatment. In its simplest form HSB provides aesthetic improvements for a patient's front teeth. HSB can also refer to the use of any known technology or technique that provides a reduction in treatment time and can include 'comprehensive orthodontics' which means trying to make every detail close to the ideal prescribed by traditional orthodontic guidelines rather than 'limited' or 'cosmetic' orthodontics. This form of treatment has become extremely popular in the past ten years and even the Colgate Toothpaste company is following the High Speed Braces story

The topic of Shorter-term Orthodontics

The ways dental professionals can increase tooth movement or reduce the time braces are on your teeth may include any of the following:
  • The NEWEST and perhaps most promising innovation in 'quicker & safer' orthodontics may be Ultrasound Orthodontics - proven to increase the speed of tooth movement AND reduce root damage risk.
  • Pre-full orthodontic banding procedures (for example doing molar correction prior to putting on full braces)
  • Tooth exposures and gumline enhancement procedures during orthodontics rather than waiting for a specialist appointment
  • Alternative goals which can focus on what can be treated in a shorter time (called 'limited treatment')
  • Alteration of the width of teeth to make more space (if extractions can be eliminated a smaller space can be closed faster)
  • Use of composite bonding to idealize tooth dimensions (small spaced teeth can look better if they are built up to full contour)
  • Reshaping/slenderizing bulky/wide teeth when space is required (using principles of aesthetic dentistry)
  • Use of Temporary Orthodontic Anchors (which provide greater control of undesired movements)
  • Removal of teeth during orthodontics (which speeds tooth movement through increased cellular activity)
  • The use of surgical micro-perforation procedures which have the same effect as an extraction
  • FDA-approved devices that vibrate which stimulates cells important for faster movement
  • Multiple procedures to reduce appointment times
  • Use of specific brands of orthodontic brackets may NOT reduce treatment time as advertised by certain manufacturers - the UK has recently banned the advertising of some of these claims.
  • Vibration from a orthodontic device (further studies are ongoing) - This may NOT increase speed of ortho treatment.
  • A device which uses infrared light energy claims to help make teeth move quicker - It may NOT work. 
  • Avoid the use of Ibuprofen/Motrin during orthodontic treatment since it tends to slow the movement of the teeth (taking tylenol instead may be preferred). 

The amount of training a dentist has in orthodontics can vary widely, and orthodontists are a better choice for complex situations which often take more time to treat (application of certain techniques or devices may help most treatment options including comprehensive orthodontics be more efficient - but not all manufacturer claims may be true). A patient may pay extra for use of a device or system which may not deliver the benefits promised. Some warnings, as highlighted above, have been reported to the dental authority and suggestions to warn the dentists and the public have been ignored. 

SENIOR ORTHODONTIST LECTURER recommends 'keeping (orthodontic) treatment time to a minimum' - 

There is also a way to enhance the speed of surgical orthodontics with the 'surgery first' technique which is popular in Japan. Basically whatever the dentist chooses to use to reduce the time in braces can be discussed. Some factors are out of the dentist's control and can depend on circumstances and patient cooperation. Some teeth do not move, medications can reduce speed and many patients do not follow instructions as carefully as they should. Younger patient's teeth have been found to move 1.6 times faster than older patients. The size and shape of the roots and the density of the bone can also have an effect just as the relationship of the upper back teeth with the sinus (which is lined by another layer of thick bone, so if the roots are up into this area the progress can be delayed). Missing appointments also has a negative effect on treatment time, so don't even think about skipping a visit!

There are many ways to change a person's smile and this treatment is simply one of the many alternatives. The HIGH SPEED BRACES company and practitioners using this system do not claim the treatment results are superior than the other choices. Each treatment has risks and rewards that need to be discussed with a trusted dental professional.

Orthodontic Journal Articles discussing the topic of 'Accelerated Orthodontics':

  1. Pitching Speed 
  2. Accelerated Orthodontic Tooth Movement - H. Huang et al
  3. Self-ligation & Faster Treatment Time - A Myth? - V. Kallasam et al

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