The universal question we get from all orthodontic patients is “When will I get my braces off?” If treatment time seems too long for you, you can now speed things up with a technology from a company called Propel. Studies show that Propel will reduce orthodontic treatment time between 30% and 50%. That means that a treatment plan estimated to take two years can be reduced to a treatment time from a year to about 16 months.
When you come into Current Orthodontics for a Propel session, Dr. Petersen or an assistant will use a device to strategically place small temporary dimples into the gums and bone that supports your teeth. These dimples, called micro-osteoperforations, will kick your body’s immune system into gear, and your body will naturally release chemicals known as cytokines. In normal orthodontic treatment, your body will continually remodel the bone structure to support your moving teeth, but the Propel-induced release of cytokines speeds up this entire process. As a result, you’ll be out of treatment much faster.
Propel works both with traditional braces and Invisalign.
How often would I need a Propel session?
For Propel to continue to work effectively, you should schedule a session for every 6 to 8 months. When possible, we will combine Propel sessions with your standard orthodontic appointments.
How long does a Propel session last?
Propel sessions take about 30 minutes each.
Does the Propel procedure hurt?
We will apply a topical anesthetic at the beginning of each Propel session which will numb any pain. After the anesthetic wears off, there may be some soreness for a day or two which can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil.
Is Propel covered by my orthodontic fees?
Propel requires additional office time and is considered to be an add-on service, but is often fully covered by your dental insurance- even if your dental insurance did not cover your orthodontics. Talk to Rachel, our treatment coordinator, for pricing information.
Can Propel be done at home?
Propel actually makes an at-home device called the VPro5, which is to be used for 5 minutes daily. Instead of micro-osteoperforations, this device uses vibrations to stimulate the remodeling of jaw. It also works with traditional braces or Invisalign. Ask us in the office for more details.