Diode laser treatment provides several benefits for patients receiving orthodontic care. By using a specialized diode laser, we are able to safely and effectively remove excess gum tissue in order to expose more of the tooth's surface for better aesthetics and function. Your gum tissue serves as a "frame" for your teeth; orthodontic lasers are used to sculpt the gums around the teeth in a way that helps improve the overall appearance of your smile. The best part of laser treatment? In most cases, there is no need for needles! We simply apply a topical anesthetic to the gum tissue being treated so all you feel is the slight movement of the laser tip.
Ideal Bracket Placement
If your gums haven't receded properly, or if a tooth is erupting slower than expected, a laser can be used to remove excess tissue and reveal enough tooth surface to place a bracket.
Impactions refer to teeth that haven't erupted properly through the gums. By using laser treatment, we can assist a tooth's eruption without the need to wait months for the tooth to erupt on its own, or to refer for a surgical procedure.
Esthetic Gingival Recontouring
Following the removal of your braces, Dr. Wilkinson may recommend recontouring your gum line to maximize the esthetics of your smile. Eesthetic gingival recontouring is a procedure to reshape the gum line to improve the appearance of your smile by exposing more of your teeth. Dr. Wilkinson will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue around the upper teeth to make them look longer. If the gum line is uneven, esthetic gingival recontouring can also sculpt the gum line to produce a more symmetrical, balanced smile.
Herpes Labialis and Cold Sores
Blisters on and around the lips and cold sores can be lasered to decrease severity and some studies show no recurrance in areas that have been lasered.