Here at Central Texas Orthodontics in Austin, TX, Dr. St. Louis and his team are always striving to provide the best orthodontic experience possible to our patients. We know that one of the biggest fears our patients have when it comes to orthodontics is the fear of a long recovery time. This is why we proudly recommend the Propel VPro high-frequency vibration device to our patients. In just 5 minutes a day, the Propel VPro can promote healthy tooth recovery and reduce overall treatment times by as much as 64%.
What Is the Propel VPro?
The Propel VPro is the only FDA-approved, high-frequency vibration device proven to promote rapid healing and reduce orthodontic recovery times. It uses high-frequency vibrational technology to speed up the movement of teeth and reduce the time it takes to achieve proper tooth alignment after undergoing orthodontic treatment.
The Propel VPro gives you the power and freedom to care for your teeth from the convenience of your own home. Combined with the VPro+ smartphone app, you can adjust the speed of the high-frequency vibrations and even share your 1, 3, or 6-month usage history directly from the app, providing an easy way to share your progress with Dr. St. Louis and our team.
How Does It Work?
The VPro’s high-frequency vibrations work with the patient’s own biology to stimulate the bone and gumline. As a result, tooth movement is accelerated and bone regeneration is drastically improved.
The device also works with your existing orthodontics (including traditional braces and Invisalign), so there’s no need to remove them during treatment. The device helps your existing orthodontics achieve optimal seating, which ultimately reduces the amount of time you’ll need to wear your retainer. Fewer refinements mean fewer adjustments, and fewer adjustments mean fewer office visits.
The Science Behind Accelerated Tooth Movement
Despite being such an innovative treatment, the science behind VPro technology is incredibly simple. There are different cells in your body that are responsible for facilitating the growth and movement of your teeth. Scientific studies have shown that these cells can be stimulated by mechanical vibration, accelerating tooth movement and drastically reducing orthodontic recovery times.
How Do I Use It?
Out of the box, the VPro comes with four simple components: the Mouthpiece, the Vibration Device, a Compact Charging Case, and a Charging Cable (with matching wall adapter.)
The first thing you’ll need to do is charge the device. The Vibration Device takes about 6 hours to fully charge. We recommend downloading the VPlus+ on your mobile device while you wait. Connect the mouthpiece to the vibration device, making sure that the arrow points down at the button. If you experience difficulty in connecting the mouthpiece, try flipping it around.
Next, gently bite down on the Mouthpiece and turn the device on. The VPro takes care of the rest: simply hold the device in your mouth for 5 minutes until the vibrational cycle is complete. The VPro even turns itself off when it’s done!
Charging, Cleaning, and Storage
When you’re finished using the device, remove the Mouthpiece and rinse it off with warm water. Be sure to let it dry before storing it in the charging case. Place the unit in the Compact Charging Case and put it away until your next treatment.
Downloading the Mobile App
The VPro+ mobile app is available on both Apple iPhone and Android devices via the Google Play Store. The device connects to your phone using Bluetooth technology. Using the app, you can track how often you use your device and even share your results with your orthodontist or any treating clinician.
You can even take the VPro device with you on-the-go. Do you travel a lot for your work or for your business? If so, you don’t have to fear losing track of your device in your luggage. Using the VPro+ app, you can track down your VPro device using the SOS feature, which makes your device light up and vibrates so you can locate it easier.
Frequently Asked Questions
As with any new technology, there are bound to be a lot of questions. The following are just a few answers to some frequently asked questions we get about the VPro device and the VPro+ app. As always, if you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to contact Central Texas Orthodontics or visit the Propel VPro website for more information. We’re here to help!
1. Is the VPro Really Easy Enough to Use on My Own?
Yes! The VPro device is easy to use and has been designed first and foremost with your safety and comfort in mind. It really is as easy as it seems. People all over the country use it regularly and experience great success.
2. Can the VPro Be Used by Adolescents?
Absolutely! The Propel VPro has been scientifically proven to be a safe and effective method of orthodontic treatment for both adults and adolescents.
3. Can I Use It More Than Once a Day?
Sometimes less is more. We recommend only using it for one 5-minute session per day. You should consult with Dr. St. Louis or one of his clinicians before exceeding the recommended usage of any orthodontic treatment or device.
4. Is It Waterproof?
Yes! The VPro Vibration Device is 100% waterproof, so there’s no need to worry about accidentally dropping it in the sink.
5. Is It Really Safe to Wear My Clear Aligners While Using the VPro?
The VPro has been designed to work with your existing braces, including clear aligners like Invisalign, to help them achieve optimal seating and promote rapid recovery. This will ultimately reduce the amount of time you’ll need to wear your retainer, which means fewer adjustments and fewer office visits.
6. How Hard Should I Bite Down While Using the Device?
You should bite down just hard enough to hold the device in place while in use. A gentle bite will usually do.
7. How Long Will It Take to Get Used to Using the Device?
Propel has designed the VPro device with comfort and ease-of-use in mind. Your first couple of sessions will be at a lower frequency before gradually ramping up in the following sessions. Most people become comfortable with the vibration sensation after only a handful of 5-minute sessions.
8. Should I Use It in the Morning or at Night?
You can complete your daily 5-minute session whenever it is convenient for you. A lot of our patients incorporate their daily 5-minute treatment into their morning or bedtime routine, or even after eating lunch. Whatever time works best for you!
9. What Should I Do if My VPro Device Won’t Turn On?
First, check to be sure that the device has been fully charged. If the LED on the front of the device turns red after you plug it in, then there’s a good chance that the device has not been fully charged. If the LED indicator does not light up, you should check to make sure that your Charging Case is properly mated with the wall adapter and plugged in. If the Charging Case is plugged in, then you will need to contact Propel Customer Service for further help.
Frequently Asked Questions About the App
1. Is Using the VPro+ App Absolutely Necessary?
No, the VPro+ app is not absolutely necessary to operate the device. While we highly recommend using the app since it makes it easier for us to track your progress, you can operate your VPro device without downloading the mobile app at all.
2. Where Do I Go to Download the VPro+ App?
You can download the VPro+ app from the Apple App Store for your iPhone or from the Google Play Store for your Android device.
3. How Do I Pair My VPro Device to My Mobile Phone?
First, open the VPro+ app and follow the instructions on the screen. Enter your name, then press the “Select VPro+ Device” button. Your VPro device should appear in the list of selectable devices. Select it, and a green check should appear next to it. Press the “Selected VPro+ Device” button below to confirm the selection. Then press “Get Started.”
4. What if My VPro Device Won’t Pair or Sync With the App?
The first thing you should do is to make sure you have an internet connection and that Bluetooth pairing is enabled on your mobile device. If your device still won’t pair, reboot the VPro device by pressing and holding the button on the front of the device for 10 seconds or until the LED turns red.
5. Can I Pair My VPro Device to Multiple Mobile Devices (Phones/Tablets)?
Yes! Your VPro just needs to be within Bluetooth range of any device you wish to pair it with.
6. How Can I Share My VPro+ Usage Data With My Doctor?
To share your information with us so we can assess your progress, press the Share Button. This is located on both the Weekly View and Monthly View pages of the VPro+ app. Then, select the 1-Month, the 3-Month, or the 6-Month view. Next, enter your recipient’s email address and press send.
7. Can I Use the App Without Turning On Bluetooth?
Unfortunately, no. The VPro+ app was designed to pair with your VPro device, so Bluetooth does need to be enabled on your device in order for your VPro to sync to the app.
8. What Happens to My Data if I Turn Bluetooth Off?
Even if you don’t have Bluetooth enabled, your VPro device will store your data until it can sync with your device again.
The Next Step in the Evolution of Orthodontic Treatment Is Here
Orthodontic technology has advanced quite a bit over the last several years. With the introduction of virtually invisible orthodontic aligners such as Invisalign, orthodontic treatments became quicker and much less invasive. And now, with the advent of high-frequency vibrational technology, orthodontic recovery times can be reduced to a fraction of what they used to be.
With only five minutes a day, you can increase your comfort and decrease your total recovery time with the Propel VPro. To learn more about this revolutionary treatment, call or visit Central Texas Orthodontics in Austin, TX today to set up a consultation. We’re standing ready to assist you in making the best possible decision for your orthodontic care. Contact us today to set up an appointment!