What is Propel?
Propel is an adjunct to any orthodontic treatment that significantly reduces treatment time, and allows teeth to move faster and more predictably. The process involves your body’s own biology to stimulate bone remodeling which in turns allows your teeth to move more quickly into the desired position.
How much faster can I expect my teeth to move with Propel?
Typically, Invisalign treatment time is reduced by 50-60% when Propel is used at the start of treatment. When added into ongoing Invisalign treatment it can significantly improve the movement of teeth that may be difficult to move with aligner therapy alone.
Who can use Propel?
Approximately 80% of orthodontic patients can incorporate Propel into their treatment plan. Those patients who take chronic steroids or NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents) are not the best candidates for Propel.
Is the Propel treatment painful?
Not at all. Be assured that you will be completely numb during the procedure and will likely feel nothing more than pressure.
How will I feel after Propel?
You will be quite numb (upper and lower, left and right) for 2-4 hours following the treatment. As with any dental procedure requiring local anesthesia, you should avoid extremely hot liquids and take care when eating while you are numb.
You may take Tylenol if needed after the treatment but are not likely to need any analgesics after two days following treatment. Avoid taking any NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents) such as Ibuprofen ( Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) or aspirin products.
Is there any down time following Propel?
No down time, just numbness in the areas treated for 2-4 hours. You may resume normal activities immediately following the treatment.
Will my insurance cover the Propel treatment?
Most insurance plans cover Propel. Ask us for more information about your specific plan.
How often is Propel administered for each patient?
The effects of Propel typically last for 10-12 weeks and may be repeated if necessary.
How do I know Propel is safe to use?
Propel is an FDA registered medical device. It is packaged sterile and intended for individual use only.