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If the prospect of having a smile full of metal for several years is holding you back from getting braces, it’s time to consider AcceleDent Optima to speed up your orthodontic treatment. This innovative approach can accelerate the movement of your teeth by approximately 30%, so that you can enjoy your dazzling new smile sooner!

AcceleDent Optima is a simple appliance that is both lightweight and comfortable. It uses the exclusive SoftPulse Technology’s micropulses to speed your teeth’s movement into proper position guided by your braces. With only 20 minutes of hands-free use per day, AcceleDent Optima helps you achieve your smile goals faster.

The patented SoftPulse Technology means that the appliance is both safe and effective. Its vibration safely applies the correct amount of force on your teeth so that they move quicker but still remain healthy. AcceleDent Optima’s force is actually 200x less than the force used during regular chewing.

Since its introduction in 2009, AcceleDent Optima has been used by thousands of patients worldwide. Deemed safe in U.S. clinical trials and cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, AcceleDent Optima is only available with an orthodontist’s prescription.

A: Although a general dentist can provide orthodontic treatment, orthodontists like Dr. Fotovat has received an additional two to three years of orthodontic training, which provides coursework on the art and science of moving the jaws and teeth in to the proper position.

A: Absolutely. You will receive regular checkups and cleanings from your general dentist. Our doctors recommend that patients visit their family dentists every three to six months.

A: Luckily, orthodontic emergencies happen very rarely. If a situation occurs where a bracket breaks and you are in pain, access the online Emergency Info video or call us at (818) 980-5300. In most cases, you can resolve the emergency by watching the video, or we can walk you through the steps over the phone.

A: Yes. At the initial consultation appointment, please tell Dr. Fotovat. Our practice offers titanium brackets, and the doctor can evaluate your case to see if you are candidate for Invisalign.

A: Yes. You may need a little time to adjust if you play wind or brass instruments, but after a short time, braces usually don’t interfere with your performance.

A: Yes. For anyone participating in sport activities, we recommend getting an orthodontic mouth guard to protect your teeth. Our office will provide you with one, at no additional charge.

A: No. Our practice does not use recycled braces. Each patient gets a set of new braces.

A: Usually you can. At different times, Dr. Fotovat may need to speak with you to review treatment progress. Please let our front office know your plans before you leave so that we can make necessary arrangements.

A: No injections are given when we put on braces.

A: When you receive a new appliance, whether braces or Invisalign, your mouth will have an adjustment period. Patients sometimes feel a little sore for a few days, but your teeth will soon adjust.

A: Definitely.

A: We will work hard to schedule most appointments after school. However, Dr. Fotovat will have times when they need longer appointments with your child, and these are scheduled in the mornings. Longer appointments usually involve placing, removing, and repairing the braces. Because most appointments are set for 6 to 10 week intervals, your child will miss very little school. To help meet your scheduling needs, we reference most school calendars in the San Fernando Valley area, including North Hollywood, Valley Village, Burbank, Sherman Oaks, and Studio City.

A: If you don’t want traditional orthodontia, Invisalign is the clear choice. Not everyone is a suitable candidate for Invisalign. During a complimentary orthodontic evaluation, Dr. Fotovat will evaluate your case and explain whether Invisalign can give you the desired results.

A: Usually, appointments are scheduled 6 to 10 weeks apart. The wires that we use provide gentler forces for longer periods of time, which means you don’t need orthodontic adjustments as frequently, but your teeth are moving more efficiently with modern orthodontic appliances. Invisalign patients can also set longer appointment intervals, and we will prepare your aligner sets to fit your busy schedule.

A: Yes. Our office will give you a list of foods that can easily break or loosen the braces. Some of the foods listed include nuts, chewy foods like taffy or caramel, raw vegetables, ice, and hard candy. To decrease the chances of cavities and decalcification, patients should also avoid sugary and carbonated drinks.

A: When your braces are placed, we will review the steps for keeping teeth clean. A team member will also demonstrate how to properly floss and brush with the braces. For successful orthodontic treatment, patients need to maintain clean teeth and healthy gums. Review the You and Your Braces video.

A: Your orthodontic treatment costs will depend on the severity of the case and the time required to correct bite issues. Call our office to schedule a complimentary orthodontic evaluation in Dr. Fotovat’s Laurel Canyon Blvd. office. At that time, we will can review the fees, determine insurance coverage, and discuss financing options. We will also file your insurance on your behalf.

A: The treatment course depends on several factors, like the severity of the bite and patient cooperation. Patients can take a few months or a few years to correct their bites. During a complimentary orthodontic evaluation at Dr. Fotovat’s Laurel Canyon Blvd. office, we can evaluate your case and determine an individualized plan for treatment.

A: Sometimes. Our doctor will work to create a beautiful appearance with teeth in the right place. At times, Dr. Fotovat will recommend removal of teeth to achieve the most stable, aesthetically pleasing results. When teeth are removed, all spaces will be closed and no one will notice where teeth were extracted once treatment is completed. Because the advanced, next generation braces, along with space-age wires in our orthodontic office, the need for removal of teeth significantly dropped.

A: An expander helps coordinate the alignment of the upper and lower jaw to correct cross bites. The orthodontist may also suggest an expander to widen the upper jaw and allow more space for permanent teeth to erupt, which avoids possible impactions of teeth (view expander video). Dr. Fotovat will evaluate your child’s case to see if an expander will help with treatment.

A: Yes. Phase I treatment is designed to handle any major issues that need early intervention. Phase II treatment, or full braces, will occur after Dr. Fotovat carefully monitors your child’s growth and development, and decide to start the second phase of orthodontic treatment, which will align the permanent teeth.

A: For children who have skeletal or dental orthodontic problems that need to be addressed early on, we may recommend early treatment. Issues that may warrant Phase I treatment include poor jaw relationships, traumatic bite, lack of space for permanent teeth, avoiding impactions of permanent teeth, and severe bites that can affect self esteem. Addressing these concerns as soon as possible can help avoid major orthodontic problems at a later time.

A: With some orthodontic problems, early intervention is recommended, which is why orthodontists like Dr. Fotovat suggest an early orthodontic evaluation. That way, he can monitor the growth and development of your child to identify the right time for orthodontic treatment.

A: No. The space available for the permanent teeth and the jaw growth pattern will not change on its own and may become more noticeable as your child ages.

A: According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should schedule your child’s first orthodontic evaluation around age seven. At this time, the six-year molars, laterals, and central incisors are in place, and your child’s jaw growth pattern will be more obvious. Early detection helps with the diagnosis and prevention of many potential problems. In many cases, the doctor may not recommend early treatment, but Dr. Fotovat will monitor your child’s growth and development can be monitored so that we can recommend the best, most efficient treatment for your child’s individual needs.

A: Once Dr. Fotovat can complete a thorough orthodontic evaluation, they can let you know if you need orthodontic treatment, the recommended plan, and how long therapy will last. We will also review cost estimates and insurance coverage. Our doctor will also answer any questions that may apply to your specific case.

A: During your first visit, you will meet our treatment coordinator, who will show you around the office. Then, Dr. Fotovat will thoroughly examine the alignment of your teeth and jaws. The doctor will review the findings with you, present all your treatment options, and answer any questions you may have regarding this information.

A: Nothing. An orthodontic evaluation at our Laurel Canyon Blvd. office is complimentary!

A: Just call our Valley Village office at (818) 980-5300, or request a complimentary consultation on the Web site. Our team will be happy to schedule an appointment for you or your child.

A: Not really. Usually, these ads refer to porcelain veneers, which will cover your front teeth and mask the crookedness. Orthodontic treatment will straighten your teeth without any type of covering.

A: If you needed heart surgery, you would see a cardiologist, not a family doctor. The same logic applies to orthodontics. With orthodontic treatment, your teeth and sometimes your entire facial structure are permanently altered. An orthodontic specialist has had specific training for an additional two to three years after dental school that addresses the art and science of moving teeth and aligning the jaws.

A: Having crooked teeth can often lead to a bad bite, which means your teeth don’t fit together properly so they are wearing unevenly. Without treatment, excessive wear can cause cracked teeth and lead to more dental work. Orthodontic treatment can improve function, creating teeth that last longer, work more efficiently, and usually look better. Because properly brushing and flossing your teeth is more difficult with crooked teeth, having a straighter smile will promote proper oral hygiene and keep teeth healthy for the rest of your life.

A: Absolutely. In some cases, orthodontic treatment will actually move the remaining teeth in to the correct alignment so that the dentist can place a more ideal restoration, like a crown, bridge, or implant. Even if you have a crown on your tooth, it will move just as easily as any other tooth.

A: Our doctors believe it’s never too late for an amazing smile. In fact, thirty five percent of our orthodontic patients are adults. People in their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s have become our patients. Adult treatments may include traditional metal braces, clear braces, and Invisalign.

A: No. Often, potential patients notice a problem with crooked teeth, spacing, and /or a bad bite on their own. Some general dentists refer patients, but you can call our Laurel Canyon Blvd. office directly at 818 980- 5300 if you notice a problem.

If your Activator battery is fully drained and the Activator shuts down (no flashing LED Indicator or vibrations), the date on the Usage Report will reset to January 1, 2012. This only happens if the Activator has not been used. The battery has to be charged when the LED indicates a low battery (shown when the LED Indicator is quickly flashing orange and the Activator is powered on but not charging). For Activators with completed sessions, the time will be reset to the date based on the last session completed. Refer to the FastTrac Usage Report section in the Directions for Use to reset the date, click here.

The Activator will deactivate after completing the equivalent of 18 months of 20 minute daily sessions. If you are in the middle of a treatment plan please contact your orthodontist.

Yes, the warranty details can be found in the Directions for Use manual, click here.

You should dispose of your AcceleDent Optima as you would with any other device with a rechargeable battery. Reference the “Disposal” section of the Directions for Use manual for further details.

The rechargeable battery in AcceleDent Optima is a medical grade lithium ion battery.

No. AcceleDent Optima is a FDA cleared, single-user prescription device. Sharing the AcceleDent Optima and/or the Mouthpiece is prohibited. Your orthodontist prescribed AcceleDent Optima for your use only, based upon your unique orthodontic treatment plan. Use of AcceleDent Optima without the supervision and direction of an orthodontist may result in adverse unintended consequences.

No. AcceleDent Optima is not water resistant and should not be
used in the shower.

The Mouthpiece should first be disconnected from the Activator and then rinsed well with lukewarm water after each use. You may occasionally use a soft liquid dishwashing detergent, a mild soap, or toothpaste to gently brush the Mouthpiece. The Activator can be wiped with a soft cloth as necessary. It is recommended that you allow AcceleDent Optima to air dry before being stored in the Travel Case. Do not place the Mouthpiece or the Activator in a dishwasher as this will void the warranty and could cause damage to the product.

The Activator should be recharged every three days.

No. Additional daily use greater than the prescribed 20 minutes duration is not recommended.

Yes. AcceleDent Optima will remember how long you used it as long as the interruption does not exceed five minutes.  After five minutes of being turned off, AcceleDent Optima will work for a full session of 20 minutes at its next use.

Yes. It is recommended that you use your AcceleDent Optima for a continuous 20 minute period each day.

No, do not wear your AcceleDent Optima when it is charging or connected to a computer.

AcceleDent Optima’s SoftPulse Technology® releases a safe and eective gentle pulsatile force that transmits through the roots of your teeth to the surrounding bone socket. This helps accelerate the cellular response and speeds the rate with which your teeth can move. When used in conjunction with orthodontics, AcceleDent Optima has been clinically proven to move teeth by approximatley 30% faster.

please view our use and care video at the top of the page.

Yes. AcceleDent with SoftPulse Technology® has been demonstrated safe and reliable in U.S. clinical trials.

Your orthodontics work on their own by moving your teeth in specific directions. AcceleDent Optima uses SoftPulse Technology® to generate small vibrations, ormicropulses, enhancing the movements directed by your orthodontics, allowing for faster tooth movement.

Bite pressure on the Mouthpiece should be just firm enough to hold AcceleDent Optima in place without using your hands. Avoid biting forcibly on the Mouthpiece as that may cause excessive wear.

No. It is not recommended that AcceleDent Optima be used while sleeping.