Interview of Dr. McLendon regarding the Acceledent Device in Cypress Creek Mirror
When it comes to Invisalign braces, Dr. Ray McLendon, founder of Clear Choice Orthodontics in Houston Texas is the world’s leading expert in the technology. Invisalign has been around for some time, and while the completely clear, removable trays (Invisalign clear aligners) are a favored option for those seeking to avoid the older technology of clear braces as well as the original ‘metal mouth’ look, one of the common complaints is that the technology takes a very long time.
Traditional braces treatments often take 24 months to complete. Even though the national average treatment time in Invisalign is only 11 months, patients naturally seek even quicker results.
“Our patients love the results, but historically, the biggest wish is always how to get the same results in a shorter amount of time” explains Dr. McLendon. “We have the ability to effectively cut the treatment time period in half as a result of a new technology called Acceledent.”
Historically if a person wanted to speed up the duration of their orthodontic treatment for straighter teeth, a very painful and invasive surgery called Wilcodontics (a periodontal surgery) was one of the only options available. “An orthodontist would actually have to refer the patient to a surgeon who would then cut into the gum around the teeth and remove bone tissue between the teeth to get the teeth to move more quickly. These kinds of surgeries are effective, but add more risk and can be painful, explains Dr. McLendon.
Enter Acceledent, specifically designed to be used with the Invisalign process of teeth-straightening. The Acceledent device is a hands-free FDA approved device that patients use for twenty minutes a day, similar to a mouth guard. “The device uses gentle micropulses which allows for bone to be remodeled more rapidly, which allows the teeth to move up to 50% faster. In researching the way bone forms, we found that when vibration is introduced, the bone is signaled to become more pliable. We are extremely proud to be a premiere practice in the US utilizing this technology as we were directly involved as a consultant to the company,” explains Dr. McLendon.
Ray McLendon, DDS is the founder of Clear Choice Orthodontics in Houston Texas. Recognized as one of the world’s leading Invisalign providers and clinical lecturers, Dr. McLendon was a former Vice President for clinical programs of Align Technology (the makers of Invisalign) and was in charge of all clinical training for that company. He has traveled the globe as the preeminent authority on the Invisalign technology and the development of the treatment procedures and protocols. He has been in practice in Houston since 1983.
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