Frequently Asked Questions About AcceleDent® Optima™
How does AcceleDent® work?
AcceleDent® uses a battery-powered, rechargeable mouthpiece to deliver precisely calibrated pulses directly onto your teeth. These micro-vibrations deliver just enough stimulation to the teeth and jaws to increase blood flow and speed up realignment, ultimately shortening orthodontic treatment time.
How effective is AcceleDent®?
Trials indicate that using AcceleDent® could shorten orthodontic realignment times by up to 50%. Faster treatment means you will be finished with your braces quicker, and you’ll get to enjoy your beautiful new smile sooner.
Can AcceleDent® be used on its own?
AcceleDent® is designed to be used with braces. When used alone, it will not be able to direct your teeth to realign into their appropriate positions. However, when used in tandem with braces or aligners, AcceleDent® can deliver amazing results.
Is AcceleDent® safe?
Absolutely. The FDA has approved AcceleDent® for use in all age groups, including young children. The gentle micro-pulses delivered by the device are entirely harmless. In fact, some users even report that they experience less pain from their dental appliances after starting to use AcceleDent®.
How often should I use my AcceleDent® Optima™ device?
You should use AcceleDent® once every day for 20 minutes. Trials indicate that shorter time periods do not give the desired results, while longer usage does not have any additional benefit. 20 minutes daily is the ideal usage time.
Do I need to take out or adjust my braces or other devices while using AcceleDent®?
No. Whether you are using traditional braces or Invisalign®, no special steps are added to your care. You will care for your braces just as you did before. If you are using Invisalign® trays, you may leave them in while using your device.
How hard do I need to bite down on the mouthpiece?
You do not need to bite the mouthpiece very hard – just enough force to hold the device in your teeth is plenty. The device is designed to be as light as possible, so it should not take very much force to hold it in place. A very strong bite could cause excessive wear on the mouthpiece and should be avoided.
How do I clean my AcceleDent® Optima™?
First, remove the plastic mouthpiece from the electronic actuator. The mouthpiece can be cleaned with a mild soap, detergent, or toothpaste. In contrast, the actuator is not waterproof, and contact with water could cause damage to its battery or other components. The actuator should be wiped with a soft cloth or tissue when necessary. Neither the mouthpiece nor the actuator should ever be cleaned in a dishwasher.
Can I use AcceleDent® in the shower?
No. Though the plastic mouthpiece will not be harmed, the electronic actuator is not water-resistant and will be damaged by direct contact with water.
How often should I charge my AcceleDent® Optima™?
The device should be charged every three days. This will ensure that each treatment you receive delivers optimal results.
Can I use AcceleDent® while the device is charging?
No. Your AcceleDent® appliance is not designed to be used while charging, or while connected to a computer.
How can I keep track of my usage?
Your AcceleDent® Optima™ will take care of all your data for you. Simply plug your device into the USB port of any computer or laptop to generate a detailed usage report. This report can help you track your usage habits, and can even be shared with your orthodontist.
What should I do if I am interrupted while using AcceleDent®?
AcceleDent® Aura is programmed to handle interruptions automatically. For short interruptions (less than 5 minutes), the device will resume treatment from where you left off. If the device is powered off for more than 5 minutes, it will start a fresh treatment session of 20 minutes.
Where can I purchase AcceleDent® Optima™?
AcceleDent® is available only by prescription through an authorized orthodontist. If you are interested in getting faster results from your orthodontic treatment, contact us today to find out how you can obtain your AcceleDent® Optima™.