OrthoAccel Technologies Inc, Houston, developers of AcceleDent, a device to accelerate orthodontic treatment, has hired Dawei Liu, DDS, MS, PhD (pictured), as a scientific adviser.

Liu’s background is particularly relevant to OrthoAccel’s focus, according to the company. His research has centered on investigating the effectsof mechanical vibration on orthodontic tooth movement, in an attempt toshorten the total treatment time and reduce the risk of root resorption. He has been a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Orthodontics at the Royal Dental Collegein Denmark, and is currently the predoctoral Program Director andResearch Director at Marquette University in the Department ofDevelopmental Sciences/Orthodontics.

AcceleDent is a removable dental appliance that an orthodontic patient wears in the mouth for 20 minutes daily to accelerate orthodontic tooth movement. The first completed AcceleDent case in private practice was documented last November in the United Kingdom. OrthoAccel has completed a US clinical trial at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, and is planning a submission for FDA clearance later this month.

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