How many times have we been told that “patience is a virtue?” Probably more times than we care to remember. We’ve also heard, “slow down, you’re moving too fast,” “nice and easy does it,” and so many other phrases that indicate it doesn’t pay to be in a hurry. However, as impatient as we typically prefer to be, don’t you just love the results when, for instance, you sit down to enjoy a slow and lovingly cooked meal versus ordering and gulping down fast food? The fact is, though, that we live in a society where we want things to happen at the rate we want them to, we want what we want when we want it. I see this impatience often in my practice when I recommend that braces could improve a patient’s oral health and/or their smile. One of the first questions is, “How long does it take?”
The Evolution Of Braces
In the past, depending on the condition of a patient’s teeth and oral cavity, a regiment of braces might have been anywhere from 6 months to two years or longer. Regular metal braces were the norm until 1997 when Invisalign was FDA approved and came to market. That was a real game-changer. And, while Invisalign is extremely popular and has made it possible for people of all ages to correct their smiles so much more comfortably, the process is still too slow for some people. Some patients forget to wear the retainers or get bored with the routine of taking them off and on throughout the day to eat and then, having to floss and brush after every eating event. Some people also lose their retainers and just decide not to continue treatment.
A Process That Speeds Up The Alignment Process
For the past few years, I have been using, with great success, what is known as The MOPs Effect, which stands for Micro Osteo Perforation under the brand name of Propel®. I wrote about this process in last month’s article, however, it bears repeating because many people are taking advantage of this “mask-up” time to investigate how braces can help them get the smile they would love to have. The MOPs Effect is a university developed and FDA cleared technique that is used to accelerate the rate of orthodontic tooth movement in conjunction with braces and/or Invisalign. Micro means extremely small. Osteo relates to the bones. And perforation relates to a small hole made by boring or piercing.
Here’s the difference. Let’s say a typical Invisalign treatment would normally take up to a full year. However, combined with The MOPs Effect, that time can be cut in half, maybe even more. This reduction in treatment time is made possible by boring microscopically small dimples along the gum line causing micro-fractures within the bone that in turn accelerate the body’s ability to break down and subsequently rebuild bone. This allows the teeth to move more quickly thus cutting down the time required for realignment.
Let’s Get You Smiling Fast
I’m thrilled to be able to tell my patients that they can get the smile they love faster than ever now. So, if you’re in a hurry to improve your smile, give me a call to learn more about how The MOPs Effect can help you achieve your best smile in record time.