Researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) School of Dentistry claim to have improved on a surgical procedure for straightening teeth.
Originally developed by periodontist Tom Wilcko, accelerated orthodontics involves an oral surgeon scoring the bone that holds the patient's teeth in place and then applying bone graft material over the grooves, Science Daily reports.
It is typically carried out under local anaesthetic in a dental surgery and costs between $10,000 and $15,000, depending on the course of treatment.
Previously the graft material used was bovine bone strengthened with bioactive glass particles.
Now however, the USC team say they have found a way to use the patient's own bone and have published the first successful case study.
Dr Hessam Nowzari, director of the USC School of Dentistry, said: "Given a choice for grafts, nothing is better than a patient's own tissue It encourages new, healthy bone formation in the grafted area. It's very safe and eliminates the risk of any disease transmission."
There are number of methods other than traditional wire braces people are using to straighten teeth these days, including porcelain veneers.
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