Our practice has always been a leader in adopting new technology, and we will always continue to research and learn new ways to make treatment for our patients more accurate and efficient. In our continuous effort to provide the best and most efficient orthodontic treatment for our patients, we are proud to offer PROPEL® in our practice.
PROPEL® is relatively painless for the patient and can be performed in minutes by your orthodontist.
PROPEL® “fast tracks” orthodontic treatments for both braces and clear aligners. This technology developed in 2010, is a novel treatment that is relatively painless for the patient and can be performed in minutes by your orthodontist.
This exciting technology allows us to get most patients finished in about half the time. While each patient’s result varies, many patients can now have their orthodontic treatment completed in less than a year.
PROPEL® works with the patient’s own biology to stimulate the bone surrounding the teeth; helping the teeth to move faster and more predictably into their ideal position so we can reveal your new smile faster and in fewer visits to our office.
We provide PROPEL for Invisalign and braces, offering complimentary consultations to all. If you would like to accelerate your orthodontic treatment today, ask us about PROPEL!
Reducing Orthodontic Treatment Times
By fitting a mouthpiece around your existing orthodontics and activating the device for 20 minutes each day, AcceleDent® may quicken tooth movement by up to 50%. This faster movement can decrease the total duration of your orthodontic treatment, and make your orthodontics more comfortable for you.
Yes. AcceleDent® with SoftPulse Technology™ has been proven reliable and safe in U.S. clinical trials. It is registered as a Class II medical device, and is cleared for use by the FDA – the government agency that approves drugs and medical devices.
Your orthodontics function by moving your teeth in specific directions. AcceleDent® speeds up this movement using tiny vibrations, called micropulses, to enhance the movement directed by your orthodontics. This has been shown to reduce overall treatment times.
After each use, be sure to rinse the mouthpiece in lukewarm water. Occasionally, you may use a soft liquid dish detergent, mild soap, or toothpaste to gently brush the mouthpiece. Wipe the activator clean with a soft cloth as needed. The metal contacts on the activator must be dirt- and residue-free, and can be cleaned with a cotton swab when necessary. Be sure to allow AcceleDent® to completely air dry before storage. Also, the device is not dishwasher safe, and if it is put into a dishwasher, the warranty is voided.
It is likely that AcceleDent® with work alongside your orthodontics. Ask Dr. Gonzalez if AcceleDent® is a suitable treatment option for you.
When the brackets are being applied to the teeth, it is a painless process. There may be some mild soreness or discomfort after the archwire is installed into the brackets. This is natural, and may last for a few days up to a week.
Depending on your type of insurance, the price of braces can range widely. Common prices for braces range from $3,500 to $8,000, with a variety of payment options and financing available. If you have questions about the cost of braces for your orthodontic treatment, we are happy to answer them.
There is not a specific “best” age to get braces. For younger patients, orthodontic treatments like braces are most effective between ages 10 and 14. This gives us a chance to straighten their teeth before their jaw is finished growing and while some of their permanent teeth may still be growing.
The length of your orthodontic treatment plan depends your unique needs. Braces may be worn for a time of 6 months up to 3 years.
A variety of factors can contribute to a misaligned smile. These include missing or extra teeth, thumb sucking, jaw function issues, and others.