Can Lasers Make Your Orthodontic Treatment Faster?

Lasers are precise beams of high-energy radiation that are commonly used in different types of medical specialties including dentistry and orthodontics. Some lasers are designed for use on hard tissues such as bones and teeth while others are designed to be used on soft tissue to kill tumor cells, reduce pain, and inflammation and promote healing of wounds. Orthodontists mainly use soft tissue lasers on gums and gingiva to increase the treatment efficiency. Lasers are used in orthodontics and dentistry for several purposes including:

  • Tooth decay lasers are used to remove decayed tissue in a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel to receive the filling material. Lasers are also used to cure or harden the filling material.
  • To reshape or cure diseased gums
  • Biopsy or removal of lesions: Lasers are commonly used to remove small pieces of tissue from the patient’s mouth for examination of diseases such as cancer.
  • Teeth whitening lasers are commonly used to speed up teeth whitening procedures carried out by orthodontists. The orthodontist applies a peroxide bleaching solution on the surface of the patient’s teeth and then activates it using a laser beam.

Many patients often wonder what the key benefits of lasers orthodontic treatment are. Are lasers capable of accelerating the treatment process and encourage faster healing? Do lasers give better results than other types of orthodontic treatments and are they more comfortable?

Applications and Benefits of Lasers in Orthodontics

Laser orthodontic treatment has many applications and comes with numerous benefits. Orthodontists use lasers to treat problems such as crowded teeth, teeth spacing issues, cross-bite, overbite, open-bite, offset midlines and teeth protrusions.

But perhaps the single biggest reason that explains the popularity of lasers in orthodontics is the fact they can drastically shorten treatment time. If your orthodontist wants to align your teeth to give you a better smile and good bite, they will normally use braces on each tooth. In numerous cases, the surface of the tooth may be either partially or fully covered with gum tissue, maybe because the tooth is impacted or has not come in all the way. Whatever the reason, using a laser to remove this excess gum tissue so that the orthodontist can easily place a bracket on it can save you about six months of waiting. The orthodontist simply applies a topical anesthetic before removing the gum tissue.

As laser treatment in orthodontics continues to advance, and new discoveries are continually being made. One such discovery is that a laser beam shone above the gingiva of teeth before the orthodontist applies the braces actually speeds up the process of alignment. Perhaps this is the case because the gingiva become more relaxed after a laser is shone on the gums and allows the teeth to move with less resistance.

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Wearing teeth braces usually results in considerable frictional force impacted by the brace on the teeth and gums. This force is necessary because it is responsible for gradually moving the teeth into position. Unfortunately, all this frictional force often makes the patient’s gums quite sore. In some cases, the patient develops a canker sore or even ulcerations where the braces make contact with the gums, resulting in a lot of discomfort. To prevent this from happening, orthodontists usually shine a laser beam on the gum area where the braces will go. The gum tissue absorbs the energy from the laser and becomes desensitized. This minimizes discomfort for the patient when wearing braces, and also speeds up healing time.

In some patients, tissue attachments affect the positions of the teeth and can sometimes cause wide spaces between the teeth. This is a pretty common condition that you might have seen in some people. A common area where this condition occurs is the frenum tissue that connects the lips and cheeks to the gums. This tissue often has muscle and fiber that causes wide spaces between the teeth and recession of the teeth. To correct this condition, an orthodontist applies a topical anesthesia and then uses a laser to loosen up these fibers and move them up to prevent the patient’s teeth from receding any further.

Yet another common use of lasers in orthodontics is during the treatment and removal of plaque. Plaque is a thin, soft and sticky film that builds on your teeth and harbors millions of bacteria. These bacteria break down the sugars in your food and produce acids in the process. These acids attack the enamel and can cause tooth decay and gum disease if they are allowed to accumulate on the surfaces of teeth and gums. That is why it’s highly recommended to frequently brush and floss your teeth to remove this layer of plaque. Patients who are wearing teeth brackets often find it hard to reach some surfaces on their gums and teeth, which encourages the build-up of plaque which often results in swelling of gums. To prevent this from happening, your orthodontist uses a laser to remove excess gum tissue to allow the patient to access all parts of their gums and teeth for proper oral hygiene.

Once the treatment is complete, the orthodontist evaluates the contours of the edges of the patient’s teeth as well as the contour of the gingiva on the patient’s teeth to make sure it is smooth, has an even height, and is symmetrical. The gingiva is often uneven in patients with crooked teeth. Once the orthodontist is satisfied that your teeth are properly aligned, they use a laser to re-contour your gingiva to make it even and symmetrical which improves your smile even further.

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New and Exciting Discoveries in Laser Treatment in Orthodontics

One of the most exciting discovery made recently regarding laser use in orthodontics is that lasers might one day be used to regrow damaged teeth! We were all told as children that we only get one set of permanent teeth as adults and once we lose those we have to make do with artificial teeth (unlike crocodiles and sharks whose teeth are constantly replaced soon as they drop off). Researchers have found that low doses of laser radiation shone on the cavities left behind when teeth fall of in rats encouraged growth of new stem cells and dentin. This could turn out to be a really big discovery that will benefit millions of adults who wear artificial teeth.

Come and Get State-of-the-art Orthodontic Treatment in Fresno, Ca

Nalchajian Orthodontics is a top Fresno Orthodontist practice that specializes in state-of-the-art orthodontic procedures including laser treatments for patients in Fresno and Clovis area. Being one of the top Fresno Orthodontists, we are passionate about getting results far beyond the expectations of the average treatment process. By utilizing modern technology including soft tissue lasers in our procedures, we are able to continually go over and above the standard care to achieve a truly successful outcome. So, what are you waiting for, call us or schedule a visit to our Orthodontist Fresno Ca offices and get the smile you have always dreamed of.

Nalchajian Orthodontics
7501 N Fresno St, Suite 105, Fresno, CA 93720
Phone: (559) 432 7100

Can Lasers Make Your Orthodontic Treatment Faster?

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