PROPEL® Orthodontics for Invisalign
What is PROPEL® Orthodontics?
Are you looking for a way to accelerate your orthodontic treatment and teeth straightening process? The PROPEL® system is an innovative in-office procedure that can be used in combination with orthodontic appliances such as Invisalign. It can shorten the amount of time it takes to shift the teeth by 50%. PROPEL treatments can benefit patients with aligners or traditional braces. Los Angeles orthodontist Dr. Atoosa Nikaeen recommends PROPEL® to her Invisalign patients who would like to see results faster.
How the PROPEL® Orthodontics System Works
The PROPEL® system facilitates bone movement, making orthodontic treatment more efficient. The procedure involves making small holes in the bone with a special drilling device. The technique stimulates the development of the alveolar bone–the bone that contains the tooth sockets–and increases blood flow. As a result, it helps tissue heal faster.
At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Nikaeen will numb the gums to minimize discomfort. She will then use the fine drilling device to gently puncture the gums and create tiny, shallow holes in the underlying bone. When strategically placed, the micro-perforations make the bone more pliable, enabling the bone to adjust more quickly as the teeth to move into their ideal place.
PROPEL® treatments are ideally performed every six to eight weeks, typically during a regularly scheduled appointment. Each session takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. The treatments are generally well-tolerated and most patients do not experience pain. Some patients report some mild soreness after treatment, but this discomfort is temporary and resolves itself quickly.
Ideal Candidates for PROPEL® Orthodontics for Invisalign
Safe and effective, the PROPEL® system is appropriate for any patient who is receiving orthodontic treatment. PROPEL can be done on patients of any age, but is often requested by adult patients, whose priority is a reduced treatment time.
You may be an ideal candidate for PROPEL treatments if you:
Currently wear Invisalign or another corrective appliance (metal braces)
Would like to fast-track your total orthodontic treatment time