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AcceleDent News Release

December 5th, 2016

We're happy to share this news release about AcceleDent where our patient Karen, was recently featured! Read on to learn more about how AcceleDent can help open bite, over bite and TMJ.

Open Bite, Over Bite and TMJ Patients Choose AcceleDent for a Faster and More Comfortable Orthodontic Treatment Experience

HOUSTON (Nov. 21, 2016) – A solution to lengthy and painful orthodontic treatment has emerged as patients report positive treatment experiences with AcceleDent®, an FDA-cleared vibratory orthodontic device that works in conjunction with braces or aligners to speed up orthodontic treatment by as much as 50 percent. Available in more than 3,300 orthodontic practice locations in North America, AcceleDent is a small, user-friendly device with a mouthpiece that patients hold between their teeth for 20 minutes daily. The device’s clinically proven SoftPulse Technology® employs gentle vibrations that safely accelerate tooth movement at the cellular level and relieve discomfort associated with treatment.

Having previously had braces, Karen Morris, 53, and Cheryl White, 36, say that AcceleDent’s technology appealed to them because they wanted their second experience with orthodontic treatment to be as fast and comfortable as possible.

“AcceleDent did just that. I was so motivated to use the device because I didn’t want to deal with braces or aligners for too long and I wanted my quality of life back,” said White, a professional singer who sought orthodontic treatment after experiencing strain on her speech and severe headaches that she thought was caused by her teeth shifting. (VIDEO: Cheryl White sings and discusses her orthodontic journey with AcceleDent.)

White completed orthodontic treatment with AcceleDent and Invisalign in just six months. Her orthodontist, Dr. David Chen of True Image Orthodontics in Cypress, Texas, said that correction of an open bite can take up to two years.

“Cheryl came to my office seeking correction of an open bite that she felt was causing frequent headaches and difficulty talking,” said Chen who has been offering AcceleDent to patients since 2015. “She wanted treatment to be effective, comfortable and fast, so I integrated AcceleDent into her Invisalign treatment and we were able to achieve those goals.”

Morris, another satisfied AcceleDent patient, used the device in conjunction with Invisalign to correct crowding and a deep overbite caused by the upper front teeth tipping inwards. In addition, she suffered from temporomandibular disorders, commonly referred to as TMJ. This condition occurs when there is pain or dysfunction in the muscles that control jaw movement.

She was in frequent pain due to her jaw locking so she was excited to learn about the benefits of AcceleDent from her orthodontist, Dr. Howard Steiman of Steiman Smiles Orthodontics in Ajax, Ontario. He recommended that she use AcceleDent to reduce the treatment time from an estimated 24 months to 13 months and to alleviate pain experienced during treatment, including tenderness that occurred when switching aligner trays.

“While using AcceleDent I went from changing my aligner trays every 14 days to every 10 days and eventually changing them every seven days,” said Morris. “I could feel how quickly my teeth were moving and the vibrations were very gentle. AcceleDent was amazing for me because I wanted to accelerate the treatment process and it was ideal to reduce the discomfort I was experiencing.”

Morris adds that accelerated orthodontic treatment was important to her because her condition was affecting various aspects of her quality of life, including the inability to eat certain foods.

Steiman was also amazed throughout Morris’ treatment process with AcceleDent because of how complex her case was when she began treatment. “My focus for this case was on upper front teeth angulation and easing Karen’s discomfort. She had a bad grinding habit and she could barely open her mouth when I first met her,” said Steiman. “She began using AcceleDent six weeks into her aligner treatment so it was apparent that the device was accelerating her tooth movement and significantly reducing her pain.”

Morris and White are just two examples of patients who have reported positive experiences with AcceleDent. A recent survey that queried 745 AcceleDent patients from across the country revealed that 99 percent said they are fully satisfied with AcceleDent and 98 percent reported significantly reduced pain when using the device.

Orthodontists are reporting that patients are choosing accelerated orthodontic treatment with AcceleDent to help them meet their smile goals in time for important milestones such as weddings, graduations, school dances, career entry and even vacations.

For more information about clinically proven AcceleDent or to find a local orthodontist who offers it, visit AcceleDent.com.

About OrthoAccel® Technologies, Inc.

OrthoAccel® Technologies, Inc. is a privately owned medical device company engaged in the creation, manufacturing, marketing and sales of innovative solutions that enhance dental care and orthodontic treatment. Among the company’s innovations is AcceleDent®, an FDA-cleared, Class II medical device that employs patented SoftPulse Technology® that is clinically proven to speed up bone remodeling during orthodontic treatment by enhancing physiological bone turnover. These safe and gentle vibrations accelerate tooth movement by as much as 50 percent and reduce discomfort associated with treatment. OrthoAccel, the Leader in Accelerated Orthodontics, has received positive feedback from patients and leading orthodontists from around the world who report increased mechanical efficiency with orthodontic appliances and improved predictability of clinical outcomes with AcceleDent. Ranked on Deloitte’s 2015 Technology Fast 500 as one of the fastest growing companies in North America, OrthoAccel is based in Houston, Texas and maintains a global presence through its EMEA office in Essen, Germany. To learn more about OrthoAccel’s focus on improving the journey to healthy, beautiful smiles, visit AcceleDent.com.

Curing the Nail-Biting Habit

November 30th, 2016

Do you ever find yourself gnawing at your nails? Nail-biting is a very common and difficult to break habit which usually has its beginnings in childhood. It can leave your fingers and nail beds red and swollen. But if you think that your nails are the only ones getting roughed up by nail-biting you'd be mistaken—so are your teeth!

According to a study by the Academy of General Dentistry, those who bite their nails, clench their teeth, or chew on pencils are at much higher risk to develop bruxism (unintentional grinding of the teeth). Bruxism can lead to tooth sensitivity, tooth loss, receding gums, headaches, and general facial pain.

Those are some nasty sounding side effects from chewing on your nails. Most nail-biting is a sign of stress or anxiety and its something you should deal with. So what steps can you take if you have a nail-biting habit?

There are several things you can do to ease up on nail-biting:

  • Trim your nails shorter and/or get regular manicures – Trimming your nails shorter is an effective remedy. In so doing, they'll be less tempting and more difficult to bite on. If you also get regular manicures, you’ll be less likely to ruin the investment you’ve made in your hands and fingernails!
  • Find a different kind of stress reduction – Try meditation, deep breathing, practicing qigong or yoga, or doing something that will keep your hands occupied like squeezing a stress ball or playing with a yo-yo.
  • Wear a bitter-tasting nail polish – When your nails taste awful, you won't bite them! Clear or colored, it doesn't matter. This is also a helpful technique for helping children get over the habit.
  • Figure out what triggers your nail-biting – Sometimes it's triggered by stress or anxiety and other times it can be a physical stressor, like having hang nails. Knowing what situations cause you to bite your nails will help you to avoid them and break the habit.
  • Wear gloves or bandages on your fingers – If you've tried the steps above and they aren't working, this technique can prove effective since your fingernails won't be accessible to bite.

If you're still having trouble with nail-biting after trying these self-help steps, it's best to consult your doctor, dermatologist, or Dr. Steiman. For some, it may also be the sign of a deeper psychological or emotional problem.

Whatever the cause, nail-biting is a habit you need to break for your physical and emotional well-being. If you have any questions about the effects it can have on your oral health, please don't hesitate to ask Dr. Steiman during your next visit to our Ajax, ON office.

Dangers of DIY Orthodontics on the Internet

November 23rd, 2016

All over the Internet you'll find videos and articles showing how you can close the gap between teeth or space them out. There is a plethora of DIY orthodontic techniques out there — you can even mail order your own impressions to get clear aligners, without even seeing a dentist or orthodontist. Following the instructions laid out in these videos and articles (by people who have zero training in orthodontics) is about the worst decision you can make for your overall oral health.

Performing DIY or at-home orthodontia can lead to or cause:

  • Loss of teeth
  • Infection
  • Cavities or infections that are missed or undiagnosed
  • Gum damage

Dr. Christina Carter, president of the Northeastern Society of Orthodontists, says that DIY orthodontics can have terrible consequences. She spoke to TODAY about closing gaps between teeth using rubber bands or elastics:

"The teeth are connected to the gums and the blood supply and there is a risk of infection, of tearing the gums which might not heal properly, and a risk of damaging the attachment between the tooth and gums so the tooth no longer gets the support it needs." She also noted, "A simple rubber band can actually slide up the tooth and cut all the attachments to it and you can actually lose a tooth."

One of the worst parts about DIY orthodontics is that you never consult with a trained orthodontist, so you're really operating on a dangerous lack of information. It's best not to risk damage to your teeth or infection. Let Dr. Steiman know what you want to accomplish with your teeth and we will help you find the safest and most cost-effective way to achieve it.

Dr. Steiman wants you to be informed and practical about your oral health. Should you have any questions about orthodontic treatment options, please do not hesitate to give us a call at our convenient Ajax, ON office.

Color Combinations of Elastics for the Holidays

November 16th, 2016

There's something special about customizing the elastics on your braces to fit your unique personality. Once you embrace your braces (no pun intended) you'll realize how many color options and combinations there are to choose from. Although you'll have a fantastic smile afterward, you won't have this level of customizability once your braces come off, that's for sure!

Adding flair to your braces isn't what all patients are looking to do (like those opting for clear aligners or ceramic braces), but it's part of the fun of traditional metal braces! Many of our patients ask Dr. Steiman to have their elastics match the colors of their favorite sports teams or their school, but how about changing your elastics to match holiday colors?

Here are some options to consider:

  • Valentine’s Day – Red and pink
  • Easter – Pink, blue, and violet
  • Halloween – Orange and black
  • Christmas – Red, green, and white
  • Saint Patrick’s Day – Green and white

There are a few colors that some people choose to avoid. But if you’re trying to make your teeth stand out in a crowd, the following suggestions need not apply!

  • Brown or Green – can be mistaken for food being stuck in your teeth
  • Black – might look like a rotten tooth if someone isn't looking hard enough
  • White – Some patients think it will make their teeth look whiter, but in fact it can make your teeth appear yellower than they actually are. White elastics can also stain easily.
  • Yellow – accentuates the yellowness of your enamel

Since changing the color of your elastics has no effect on the actual orthodontic treatment process, the idea is to have fun and add a personal touch. So, next time you get your elastics changed at our Ajax, ON office, why not wear your braces boldly and opt for something festive?