The doctors at BC Perio Dental Health and Implant Centre in Vancouver and Coquitlam will work with your Orthodontist to determine if you are a good candidate for Accelerated Orthodontic Surgery (AOS). The main benefit to this procedure is that when it is combined with good orthodontic treatment, it can very significantly decrease the time you are in braces, and decrease your overall treatment time drastically.
Benefits of AOS
- Great, stable results in much less time than traditional orthodontics. (less time in braces!)
- Lower chance of resorption of your tooth roots
- More bone to support your teeth and facial profile after the surgery is done
- Low history of relapse
- Less need for appliances and headgear
- Great long-term results, and technique is based on proven medical surgical techniques
- You can wear either metal or ceramic brackets
How is AOS Surgery Done?
OS is a minor periodontic plastic surgery performed in our clinic that takes between three and four hours. Usually, your braces are put on a few days before you undergo the procedure.
The procedure involves adjusting the bone around your teeth and adding bone graft material around them as well. Often an antibiotic is used with the bone graft material. The recovery after the surgery is no different than with any other cosmetic periodontal surgery.
After the procedure, your orthodontist will see you to activate your braces and start moving your teeth. The time it will take to complete your orthodontic treatment will be decreased.
Patient Qualifications for AOS Treatment
AOS can be preformed on people of any age, as long as they have a healthy periodontal situation. However, this procedure is most beneficial in adults due to the fact that traditional orthodontic treatment in adults can take much longer than in adolescents.
You are not a candidate for this procedure if you have significant dental bone loss, advanced periodontal disease, root damage or short roots. In addition, if you have a disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, which requires you to take regular doses of pain medications (NSAIDS), you may not be a good candidate for AOS. Furthermore this treatment may not be effective on skeletal class III patients.
Please discuss this option with your orthodontist. If you would like a consultation with one of our doctors, or would like more information, please contact us at our Vancouver or Coquitlam offices.