Pulses may help teeth “get in line”

smallerGAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers at the University of Florida College of Dentistry are recruiting participants for an orthodontics study to learn if teeth will align more quickly with the help of an orthodontic device that emits very small electronic pulses.

AcceleDent® Aura ― a combination mouthpiece and rechargeable handpiece ― is the first of its kind and uses small pulses or vibrations that have been shown to accelerate the movement of front teeth. The device is used in conjunction with orthodontic treatments such as braces or clear aligners and has been shown to straighten teeth as much as 50 percent faster than a conventional appliance alone.

Study participants keep the mouthpiece in their mouths for 20 minutes daily during the 12-week study. When activated, the unit emits electronic pulses that the user may feel. Researchers will evaluate the movements of one of the participant’s teeth, and after the study, participants will receive either braces or clear aligners at no cost to them.

The college seeks 40 volunteers between 18 and 40 years of age for the study, who are in good oral and overall health and who have all four of their front upper teeth and most of their upper back teeth. In addition, participants must be non-smokers, must not be pregnant and must not be taking certain medications.

For more information about the trial and additional qualifications, call 352-273-7960 or visit https://ufhealth.org/research-study/effect-acceledent-aura-orthodontic-tooth-movement-aligners.