One of the most popular orthodontic treatments for both adults and teens is an exciting new technology called Invisalign. Where traditional braces uses metal brackets and archwires to shift teeth into the desired position, Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners which fit comfortably over patients’ teeth to resemble a super thin mouthguard. Instead of tightening traditional braces to continue the tooth movement process, Invisalign patients simply advance onto a new set of aligners every week or two. Using advanced 3D software, orthodontists design each set of aligners based on the work of the previous aligner, and slowly but surely patients’ teeth are moved into the ideal position.
There are many advantages in using Invisalign when compared with traditional metal braces. For starters, the clear, plastic aligners are virtually invisible to those around you which means that very few people will even notice that you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment. In addition to this, there is less pain and discomfort since your mouth doesn’t need to get used to having metal brackets stuck to your teeth. And lastly, patients don’t have any difficulty maintaining good oral health since the aligners can be conveniently removed when eating and cleaning your mouth. Sounds good right?
Introducing Propel Pro5
Propel Pro5 is a small, hands-free device which is used in conjunction with Invisalign aligners. The device uses gentle, high-frequency vibrations to stimulate the tissue around your teeth and surrounding bones. To use the device, patients need to place the mouthpiece over their teeth and bite down just hard enough so it stays in place. Each session lasts for 5 minutes and the device tracks the session and switches off automatically when its finished. The best results are achieved if patients use the device every day.
Propel Pro5 has several benefits to Invisalign patients which, including:
- Reduced treatment times
The gentle, high-frequency vibrations accelerate the tooth movement process and can reduce treatment times by as much as 40%.
- Reduced pain and discomfort
Clinical studies have indicated that the vibrations from the device are effective at reducing any discomfort associated with wearing Invisalign aligners and makes treatment more comfortable.
- Better seating of your aligners
Invisalign aligners move teeth effectively when they fit comfortably and tightly around your teeth. The high-frequency vibrations allows your aligners to fit more efficiently around your teeth which means that results are faster and more predictable.
Typical orthodontic treatment lasts for up to 2 years with Invisalign aligners, however using Propel Pro5 everyday substantially reduces this timeframe. The device itself causes no pain and the gentle vibrations reduces any discomfort that patients may experience when switching to a new set of aligners. As the device is only needed for 5 minutes each day, patients are more compliant in using Propel Pro5 and become involved in their orthodontic treatment in a positive way.
In addition to this, efficient aligner seating is the most important component to successful Invisalign treatment. If the aligners lose its grip around the teeth, the orthodontic forces created by the aligners cannot be delivered properly and this can result in teeth moving in an unplanned way. While patients are also recommended to use Aligner Chewies to ensure efficient seating of their aligners, Propel Pro5 is the most effective way in doing this.
If you’re interested in straightening your teeth and enhancing your smile, Clear Smiles Orthodontics are the only clinic on the Gold Coast to be awarded a ‘Blue Diamond’ Invisalign status. To schedule a free appointment to see if Invisalign and Propel Pro5 is the right treatment for you, simply phone their friendly staff on 07 5593 3733.