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2018 Annual Session Conference

Is Accelerated Tooth Movement Real or Just a Placebo Effect?

May 6, 2018 2:50pm ‐ May 6, 2018 3:20pm


It has been reported that vibration, lasers and modifying the alveolar bone can expedite orthodontic tooth movement. However, it remains debatable whether these methods affect the long-term rate of orthodontic tooth movement and whether these methods produce a greater rate of tooth movement than placebo. In this lecture, we will review the current evidence, proposed biological mechanisms and potential side effects of accelerated tooth movement procedures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the efficacy of accelerated orthodontic tooth movement methods.
  • Recognize the biological mechanism behind accelerated orthodontic tooth movement.
  • Identify potential side effects of Accelerated tooth movement procedures.


  • Sunil Wadhwa, DDS, CertOrtho, PhD, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine


  • Sunil Wadhwa, DDS, CertOrtho, PhD : Financial Interest

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