Article: Volume 14 Number 2 Page 90 - April 2021

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  Orth Update 2021; 14: 90-96

Orthodontics:  Non-conventional methods for accelerating orthodontic tooth movement. A contemporary overview

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Abstract: In today’s fast-paced world, reducing the duration of orthodontic treatment has become a priority for patients seeking treatment. There are now several approaches and devices available that are reported to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) and, fortunately, there has been an increase in the amount of research in this area in recent times.

Clinical relevance: The aim of this article is to provide an overview of the different non-conventional methods that can be used to accelerate OTM, and to discuss their effectiveness, as well as their potential shortcomings.

Author notes: Aslam Alkadhimi, Ba.Dent.Sc.(Hons), MClinDent UCL (Distinction), MOrth RCSEng, MFD RCSIre, Senior Registrar, The Royal London Hospital Barts NHS Trust and East Kent University Hospitals. Mohammad Owaise Sharif BDS (Hons), MSc, MOrth RCS Ed, FDS (Ortho) RCS Eng, FHEA, Clinical Lecturer/Honorary Consultant in Orthodontics, University College London, Eastman Dental Institute, London. Email:

Objective: To provide an overview of a variety of non-conventional methods that have been advocated to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement.