Experts hail first braces breakthrough in 15 years

AcceleDent cuts patients wear time in half

Published On: Nov 04 2013 01:52:08 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 04 2013 07:19:54 PM EST
HOUSTON -

Hailey Wammack has had crooked teeth for years.

"My teeth, they were all cluttered together and so I didn't want them to be like that anymore," she told KPRC-TV in Houston.

The eighth-grade cheerleader and aspiring actress was ready for a smile that would reflect her shining personality, even if that meant braces.

"I didn't want them all through my high school years like my mom did," said Wammack, 14.

"I wore them from eighth grade to my senior year of high school and so if she can have hers off before she goes in high school, that's awesome," added her mother, Jennifer Wammack.

Orthodontist Dr. Jim Lyles suggested AcceleDent, an FDA-approved, specially-prescribed, vibrating mouthpiece the patient wears over their braces 20 minutes a day to speed up results.

"She had the eye tooth buried up in the gum bones, etc. and normally it's well over a year for that to all come down and get in place and here she is. In seven months, it's all in place now," Lyles said about Wammack.

"I just feel like when I walk into high school, I'm going to be smiling without braces on," said Hailey Wammack.

The AcceleDent device can cost anywhere from $750 to $950 or about 15 percent of the total orthodontic treatment fee.

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