Diode Laser Treatment
One of the tools that an orthodontist can use is called a diode laser. Using this laser, orthodontists are able to remove gum tissue to reveal more of the tooth surface, which can be beneficial for many reasons. Sometimes this treatment is done for aesthetic purposes, to reveal more of the teeth and enhance the smile. Other times, diode laser treatment is used to enhance the functionality of appliances, such as braces.
This treatment is non-invasive and nearly painless! Once we’ve applied a topical anesthetic, you won’t feel much during the treatment, making it a quick and easy process.
Ideal Bracket Placement
Sometimes when an orthodontist goes to place a bracket for braces, there isn’t enough surface on the tooth. This can be because the gum hasn’t receded enough, or the tooth isn’t erupting as fast as we’d like. Using a diode laser, we can reveal more of the tooth’s surface, which then allows us to properly place brackets.
When a tooth is impacted, it means it hasn’t erupted through the gums properly. Using a diode laser, we can remove the gum tissue that’s in the way, allowing the impacted tooth to break through the surface sooner. If appliances are being used, exposing an impacted tooth may help us in the process of applying brackets to the teeth.
Aesthetic Gingival Recontouring
Your gums frame your teeth, and reshaping the gum line is one way we can help enhance the look of your smile. After braces, Dr. Dean may recommend using a diode laser to reshape the gum line for this reason. This treatment can help make the teeth look longer, evening out the smile. In the images below, you can see how diode laser treatment can change the look of a smile!