Daily Use of Ultrasound Can Speed Up Orthodontic Treatment, Prevent Root Damage

An ultrasound device developed at the University of Alberta has been shown to help patients who wear braces get faster results and avoid long-term complications, according to recently published studies.

“Not only do the teeth move faster, daily use of the device can also prevent the teeth roots from shortening,” said orthodontics professor Tarek El-Bialy.

In one recently published study, 68 patients who wore braces were followed, with half of them using the low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) device for 20 minutes per day. The researchers reported the ultrasound group saw an average reduction of 49 per cent in the overall treatment time compared with the control group.

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