Propel accelerated clear Aligner orthodontics
What is Propel?
Propel is a treatment that helps Invisalign work more efficiently. With Propel, teeth move into their targeted positions 50% faster than they normally would. Propel uses a unique technique called AlveocentesisTM to encourage the growth of alveolar bone (the bone that holds teeth in place) in the upper and lower jaw. As teeth move into proper alignment with orthodontic treatment, the alveolar bone is able to adjust more quickly and support teeth in their new position.
Some of the key advantages of Propel include:
- Shorter time required in clear braces or Invisalign
- Tissues heal more quickly
- Certain concerns, such as overbite, cross bite, respond better with a combination of Propel and orthodontic treatment
How does Propel work?
Propel works by taking advantage of the “regional accelerated phenomena,” a term that describes the dramatic increase in bone remodeling activity that occurs in an area where the bone has been surgically injured. Upper and lower jaw bone remodeling helps teeth move into the desired position more quickly. Our dentists use the Propel system to create micro-osteoperforations to stimulate alveolar bone remodeling.
For patients who want fast Invisalign or clear correct we usually perform Propel treatment when they receive their first Aligner trays. The treatment itself is very straight forward and can be performed by during a routine office visit. Here’s how it works:
- The first step is to determine where to place the microperforations. To do this, we review a recent x-ray of your teeth and perform a physical examination of the teeth and gums.
- Next, we ask you to rinse your mouth with chlorhexidine, an antiseptic mouthwash, to reduce risk of infection.
- We will then apply a numbing cream or inject a local anesthetic.
- Once the mouth is prepped, we use the Propel device to create a number of tiny “acupuncture-like” holes at varying depths in the gums around your teeth.