Orthopulse – Clonmel Orthodontics Blog.

Both orthodontists  and their patients seek  to move teeth at the maximum speed possible. Recently  yet another product  Orthopulse™   has been launched to the market with claims that it may speed up tooth movement though the manufacturers do not specify by how much it may do so. It is intended to be used in combination with  orthodontic treatment, it can be used with labial (outside braces) of the metal or ceramic type, or with inside braces (lingual braces ) for instance of the  win  or incognito™ or Harmony™    type or with aligners like invisalign™ . It is suggested that this device may accelerate orthodontic tooth movement (in a non-surgical way).

The orthopulsedevice  emits a low intensity near infra red light ( 850nm wavelength ) which it is claimed will enhance bone remodelling and consequently speed up the movement of teeth through the bone.

Photobiomodulation is the term which is used to decribe its assumed mode of action.

 

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It is suggested by the manufacturers that it is used for 10 consecutive minutes everyday.

 

 

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Inside view of orthopulse™ showing multiple light emitting diodes.

 

 

The results of research are inconclusive 1 , 2 . The orthopulse device is expensive € 850-1000. Until high quality research shows that orthopulse is effective, I feel that I should not recommend it to my patients.

 

 


This orthodontic blog was written by Dr  John Buckley  who is a specialist orthodontist at Clonmel Orthodontics in Riverhouse orthodontic practice in Clonmel County Tipperary, Ireland. They provide orthodontics to county Tipperary and the neighbouring counties of Waterford, kilkenny, Limerick and Cork , and beyond.

Dr Buckley has practised as a specialist orthodontist in Clonmel for 20 years. In addition to his orthodontic qualifications which he held before he commenced orthodontic practice ,  Dr Buckley was  awarded a First class masters degree in Lingual orthodontics from the University of Hannover medical school (MHH) in 2012.  This masters degree is directed by Professor Dirk Wiechmann who is the inventor of both the incognito and win  lingual appliances. Dr  Buckley was the first orthodontist  in Ireland to be awarded this qualification.  In 2016 he was accepted as an active member of the European Society Of Lingual Orthodontics  (ESLO). To become an active member it is necessary for candidates to submit the records of finished lingual cases. If the cases are deemed to be of a sufficiently high standard then the candidate is accepted as an active member of ESLO. Dr Buckley is the first orthodontist in Ireland to be accepted as an active member of ESLO.