Diode laser treatment provides several benefits for patients receiving orthodontic care. By using a specialized 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.
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 pressure 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. This can also be used to place TADs as an alternative to headgear.
Impactions refer to teeth that haven't erupted properly through the gums. By using laser treatment, we can assist with a tooth's eruption without the need to wait months for the tooth to erupt on its own, or to refer to an expensive surgical procedure.
Esthetic Gingival Recontouring
Your gum tissue serves as a "frame" for your teeth. Following the removal of your braces, your orthodontist may recommend recontouring your gum line to maximize the aesthetics of your smile. Aesthetic gingival recontouring is a procedure to reshape the gum line to improve the aesthetics of your smile by exposing more of your teeth. Your orthodontist will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue around the upper teeth to make them look longer. If the gum line is uneven, aesthetic gingival recontouring can also sculpt the gum line to produce a more symmetrical, balanced smile.
Laser Follow Up Care
- Do NOT eat anything until the topical anesthesia wears off, as you might bite your lips, cheek, or tongue and cause damage.
- Laser procedures usually result in a little discomfort but for the first 24 hours, you may find it helpful to take your non-aspirin pain medications such as Advil, Motrin, or Tylenol.
- For the first 24 hours, do not brush or floss the lasered area. You can break up vitamin E capsules and rub liquid over the area to expedite healing. Warm salt water can also help as well.
- After 24 hours, brushing and flossing normally but with a gentle touch.
- Note, the discoloration of the tissue will go away after 24-72 hours. Your gums will be back to their pretty pink in no time!
- Do not be alarmed if you notice light bleeding, mild swelling, some soreness, or mild tooth sensitivity. This is normal.