Faster Orthodontic Treatment (Rapid Accelerated Orthodontics / Wilckodontics)

"How Much Longer Until My Braces Come Off" is probably the question most frequently asked to any orthodontist. Many potential patients decline taking orthodontic treatment just because of the lengthy treatment times and the multitude of appointments that are required. It is obvious that by dramatically shortening treatment times that many patients would choose to have the needed orthodontic work performed.

Wilckodontics is a new procedure designed to greatly accelerate the movement of teeth via orthodontic braces. Typical times are approximately four times faster i.e. ( three to eight months instead of one and a half to three years). This is often highly motivating for adolescents and adults who have been reluctant to proceed with orthodontics because of the length of time needed for the treatment.

Wilckodontics is named after the dentist brothers (an orthodontist and periodontist) who developed it. They refer to their procedure as Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics (AOO). Using a couple well established periodontal techniques, the bone surrounding the teeth is “softened” and simultaneously grafted. The softened bone allows the orthodontist to move teeth quickly into their proper alignment. The grafting material in a few months time converts into strong bone, which supports the straightened teeth and a beautiful smile. The softened bone dramatically reduces the time of the orthodontics and many patients also report that the movement of the teeth is much more comfortable than with traditional orthodontic treatment

The treatment time depends on the distances the teeth need to be moved, treatment goals, the type of techniques employed and the cooperation of the patient. Rapid tooth movement following decortication, commonly known as Wilckodontics or accelerated osteogenic orthodontics is well documented and results in treatment outcomes routinely reducing the treatment time by 3 to 6 months. The main drawback is that the surgery can be invasive procedure but less invasive approaches may be available, depending on orthodontic needs. Surgery can also be performed in a segmental manner i.e. only in a part of the mouth. Patients, as in every oral surgery procedure, should follow a liquid and cold diet for the first 24 hours and a liquid /soft diet for the rest of the week. Corticotomy should not impair working activity.