AcceleDent_handsOrthoAccel® Technologies Inc, Houston, was presented with the GOOD DESIGN and Best in Biz awards for its AcceleDent® device. The device received a gold Best in Biz award for the most innovative consumer product of the year and was recognized in GOOD DESIGN’s medical category.

OrthoAccel claims its FDA-cleared, hands-free medical device can speed treatment by as much as 50%. Patients bite down on the device’s mouthpiece for 20 minutes a day, and pulsatile forces are designed to accelerate tooth movement. Since patient compliance is necessary to accelerate treatment, AcceleDent’s design includes a USB connection that records usage, enabling orthodontists to predict treatment completion via the device’s FastTrac Usage Report.