Acceledent (Fast Braces) Podcast
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): Hello everybody, welcome to this episode of our podcast. Today’s episode is going to be about a new emerging technology called Acceledent. If you guys watched this podcast about orthodontics or braces, we briefly mentioned it, because I’ve seen that certainly there’s a trend of trying to get braces done quicker. We see six months braces, we see a lot of advertisements, a lot of ways of braces getting done, so it sounds like the consumer demand is for that. So today I have my special guest Shawn Orell, he is the territory management for Florida and the Caribbean, correct me if I’m wrong Shawn, for Acceledent. So I’m really excited because he’s the man with this device and can tell us, tell me, what I want to know, and hopefully tell people that are considering Acceledent, they can hear it from their rep in sales, someone who’s very knowledgeable on the device. So thanks Shawn for being on the show, I appreciate it.
Shawn Orell: Sure, thanks for having me. Wonderful to have someone who can talk to their patients about the newest and best products that are out there, thanks for your support.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): So let’s start off! Let’s get into it. What is this product?
Shawn Orell: It’s fantastic. It’s a faster orthodontic treatment device, it’s called Acceledent. The Acceledent device, I’ll go into more detail about it. So it’s a simple to use, hands free device, that accelerates tooth movements in the mouth, which is what orthodontics is all about it, we recommend 20 minutes a day of daily use.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): Okay, so my first thought is, is this comfortable? You’re wearing this thing for twenty minutes, you bite down on it, what’s the actual wearability, what does a patient experience?
Shawn Orell: The device is similar to a very small, thin, sports mouth piece. It’s smaller than a 9 volt battery and weighs much less. This device, when pressed, put in the mouth… It’s a hands free device, you push the button on, the light turns green, and it will send out micro pulses for 20 minute sessions. It’s fast, it’s safe and what you’re asking about specifically, is that it’s gentle. The Acceledent patients have recorded, in clinical studies, that it alleviates discomforting pain, which is wonderful. Orthodontics is as you know, and as you can describe to your patients, is removing tooth through bone. It’s an uncomfortable process, it really is. You’re moving them through wires or whatever your process is, you’re moving them. What Acceledent does is that it’s a patented, FDA – this is what’s big about this – it’s an FDA cleared device. It uses technology to stimulate the cells in your bone to actually help the teeth move through the bone faster, gentler and safer.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): Do you actually feel it? My thought is, do you feel anything, or do you just feel like you bite down on a wafer?
Shawn Orell: It’s a great question. Let’s talk about things your patients can identify. When using one of the toothbrushes, and you feel like they’re gentle, this is eight times softer than a sonic air toothbrush, or a tooth device. It is also, get this, everything’s favorite activity, chewing. Chewing gum, chewing food, it is four hundred times less force than actually chewing.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): So in other words you’re not going to feel it, or it’s not going to bother anybody pretty much.
Shawn Orell: It’s not only not going to bother anybody, some of our people have actually claimed they’ve used the device for the feeling of the relief they get from the actual tooth moving of their braces, because it makes them feel better. It’s a general massaging if you will, it’s 20 minutes per day, on the whole 24 hour period. On a device that weighs less than 3 ounces, so it’s meant to be, like I said, hands free.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): Does it have a timer on it, or do you time it by hand?
Shawn Orell: That’s a great question. There is a timer that automatically shuts itself off after 20 minutes of use. After the 10 minuet mark, the halfway point, the succinct, distinct, different vibration period, that lets you know that the device has stopped. Sorry, that it’s halfway through. So it’s automatized too. Also, you can see on the end of it that there’s a USB port at the end. That is number one attached to a cord for charging the device, there’s also a small chip on the inside, and this chip allow for the creation of a report, for the actual orthodontist to see how many times you’ve used it, if you’re using it every single day, or if you’re using it more than once a day. There’s no benefit to using more than 20 minutes a day, which is the allotted amount, but there is a report that lets the orthodontist know if you haven’t been honest to your orthodontist on how many times you actually use it per day.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): So there’s that feedback. That’s great. So clearly it’s pretty comfortable, so tell me a little bit about the… If I’m looking into this, how much faster is it than braces? I think when I had my podcast with Dr. McIntosh he was saying treatment is normally between 12 and 15 months. So the question is, how much time does it save in general?
Shawn Orell: Good question. The common goal right now in orthodontics is about accelerating orthodontist, how to make things faster. It’s how to make things faster for the patient, for the doctor, for the staff. For anyone. This is the only device in the world that is FDA approved, as a class 2 medical device for, number one, faster medical treatment, number two, safer. It’s demonstrated to be safe on US medical trials, which we have more than a dozen of on our website, which I’ll direct you to in a second, and it’s gentle. The gentle micro pulse is eight time less than the sonic air toothbrush. That’s huge. I’m just saying that’s how it works. Your patients are going to get this to use in a faster amount of time, we can talk about 30 to 50 percent reduction in treatment time for your orthodontic treatments. So if you have, like you mentioned, an eight, ten, eighteen – must orthodontic treatments when it comes to brackets go around 18 to 24 months, that’s common standard – you can reduce it from 20 to 30 percent time, and that means or your patient, that right now, whenever this podcast is released, October, November 2014, your patients that are sophomores in high school that want their senior pictures without braces, they can get that without the braces. With this in their mouth they get a treatment time reduction of 50 percent, and that’s massive.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): So I asked you this earlier… Braces or Invisalign? Tell me about, can you use it with both, tell me what the bottom line is for that?
Shawn Orell: The idea is that our product right now, we have multiple of the studies going on with what we call linotrace, and it comes to product instructions, product allowances. We are not currently on product line… Do I have more than 90% of my doctors using them? Yes, I do. They’re not prescribing this as a class 2 medical device, until these studies are released. This product was started less than 6 years ago, we had a version that was much larger, very different. And we would not release to the public for orthodontic treatment because we wanted to have FDA approved studies first. We spent more than 2 years sitting with a lot of fantastic products, which would have worked and benefited people, because we wanted to make sure we had the FDA clearance fast. We wanted to be cleared as a medical device, we did that first. So there are lot of studies going in universities which I’m not allowed to divulge, but they’re happening right now, so that we can say that by probably next year, if we consider this with Linotrace, do I have doctors saying that they do that successfully, yes I do. So now on a prescribing index, you can use this with brackets or high wire braces, but are we against, do we have any anti? No, we don’t.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): So bottom line, with something like Invisalign, if you are going to use it, or your orthodontist is recommending it, it’s sort of an off label use. It’s not cleared for that yet. Certainly the company sounds like you do a lot of jurisprudence, you want to make sure you have a quality product before you’re putting it out, that’s why you waited so long, and now you’re doing all the testing with stuff like Invisalign or any other kind of aligner tray, before you say “hey, you can use it with that”.
So bottom line it’s technically for regular braces, but there’s a lot of people using it with aligners, and I know orthodontists saying it works effectively, so I realized that it can be done both ways. So then the next question, how do you get them? I’m a general dentist, I don’t do braces myself, but I can tell you the whole reason I came up with this was that I was doing an exam on a patient, he checked on his iPhone and said “yeah I think I’m going to do Invisalign, and what do you think of this thing?” and I think he said it was 1000 bucks, I forget how much exactly you told me it was, but he goes “what do you know about this things?” and I say “man, I don’t know anything of this thing, I’m an idiot. I’ve got to reach out and learn because what this podcast is all about.” I don’t know where to get it. So tell anybody watching this, if they’re watching this podcast they’re interested, how do they get it?
Shawn Orell: Absolutely. Ask yourself, ask your dentist, ask your orthodontist, you can go to our website, orthoaccel.com, and in the website you’ll find a list of orthodontists. As an FDA, class 2 medical device, we prescribe it as a medical device by an orthodontist. It’s an orthodontic treatment, that’s why, so going back to what you mentioned too, how it works with a treatment, whether it brackets or aligners, any force happening, prescribed by your orthodontist, is about moving your teeth through the bone. Because this device micro pulses in such a specific frequency and a patented style, it does one thing only, it moves teeth through bone faster and safer.
It affects your teeth and your bone, without getting scientific on you - there’s a lot of science behind it - there’s a lot of links on our website, the bottom line for your patients is that it can move your teeth faster and safer through the bone, and that’s why the orthodontist can add this to your therapy or not. An orthodontist that chooses a product to prescribe or refer the patients to, an orthodontist may seek out, work it and add it to the treatment, with braces, brackets, whoever the treatment protocol is, they will find a way to get them to the smile they desire, the teeth they desire. The question is “do you want to it this way, or do you want to do an accelerated treatment?”. Which can get them there about 20 to 30 percent faster.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): So another question. A general dentist using Invisalign, can they get it?
Shawn Orell: Not right now. Right now it’s only for orthodontists. It’s a good question, I’m glad you asked it. And there is an associated cost with it, which is why I say you need to make your patients do two things, ask your orthodontist, ask the treatment coordinator, ask the people you’re talking to about your orthodontic treatment, this is your smile, this is your face.
It’s the only thing in the world that would do without a pill, there’s no pill, no shot, no treatment plan, no electrotherapy, there’s nothing in the world that can do what this device does, which is the speed and the safe and general fashion you’re working on a treatment on, by up to 50 percent. So all of your patients who are seeing this podcast right now, ask your orthodontist, ask your dentist, ask another worker what they might be looking at, find out who’s doing it and ultimately got to orthoaccel.com, and look at our doc finder app, which you can ask questions about, and find out who is currently in their area is treating with this device, but ask about it, because this device can be done by any orthodontist, but it’s a question of do you want your orthodontic treatment to be faster, gentler? Do you want less pain? I don’t know of any patients who would raise their hands and say “do you know what? I would like to have a longer treatment, and I want to have as much pain as possible”. I find that very rare, so the truth is what most patients ask is “my goodness, how can I get this off sooner, and how can I have less pain or discomfort?”. This is an FDA approved way to do it.
Dr. Ramzi Matar (Winter Park Dentistry): Another thing that we talked about earlier, I said I love the fact that your company is cutting edge, innovating, moving forward. You said earlier if people weren’t out there pushing things, trying to make things better, we’d still be on horse pushed carriages, so I really appreciate it. I’ve been on your website, I’ll put it as a link on the comment section on the video, so they have the link to it. I’ve also been on YouTube and there’s lot of videos of people on YouTube showing pictures of it, showing their teeth moving, I think with Invisalign, I think there’s a lot of information out there, I think it’s really interesting that I found out about it through my patient, I’m glad you came on, I think it’s great to hear from somebody who’s got so much knowledge about it. So thanks again Shawn for being on here, anybody that’s watching this, I hope you learned something, or at least I hope we turned the light bulb on, go research on it, ask an orthodontist, ask whoever it is, I think the more informed decisions patients make all around, the better it is. Thanks Shawn so much, everybody watching this, hope you enjoyed it.