Benefits of Propel
Many people delay orthodontic treatment due to the length of time it takes for the teeth to straighten. But orthodontic care has developed a lot in the past few years. One of the most promising innovations includes treatments to increase the speed of tooth movement which reduces overall treatment length. This is one of the benefits of the Propel procedure, in fact. Our team at Gallaro Dental has years of experience with the Propel procedure and is part of our holistic approach to dental care. Our staff understands the concerns of our patients as it pertains to orthodontic care, especially when it concerns braces. Here at Gallaro Dental we always strive to be compassionate and keep the lines of communication open.
What is Propel?
As mentioned before, Propel is an orthodontic procedure that speeds up the tooth alignment process. It is often used in conjunction with other tooth alignment procedures, such as braces or Invisalign. Together they can reduce treatment time from years to months.
How does it Work?
The procedure itself is very minor and is often done under local anesthesia. A small device is used to drill tiny pin size holes or “micro-osteoperforations”, also called MOPs, through your gums into the bone surrounding your teeth. These perforations stimulate the breakdown of the bone around your teeth, making your teeth easier to move into alignment.
Benefits of Propel
Propel can reduce the length of orthodontic treatment by as much as 62%. Additionally, it is an in-office procedure which takes less than an hour and there is little to no recovery time and minimal pain. There are a couple of things to keep in mind regarding aftercare, though.
After the procedure your mouth may feel a little sensitive, this will go away in a couple of days. Due to the inflammation process triggered by the procedure, you should avoid anti-inflammatory medication like Ibuprofen. This type of medication will inhibit the process initiated by the Propel procedure. Also, stay away from acidic or spicy foods until the perforations in your gums have healed to avoid irritation. Swishing with undiluted hydrogen peroxide 2-3 times a day will help keep your mouth disinfected during the healing process and avoid any complications.