How are lasers used in orthodontics?

Lasers come in different varieties, including hard and soft tissue lasers. The soft tissue laser is a great tool to use in orthodontics because it can help the orthodontist accomplish several things:

1. Gingival re-contouring — also referred to as ‘gum reshaping’ to improve the appearance of uneven gum tissue. This is usually done at the end of treatment to even out the gum levels and make your smile look even more perfect.

2. Faster treatment — If one or several teeth are taking too long to come in, there is an option to have the gum tissue lasered so that the tooth comes in quicker. This does not affect the health of the gums or teeth.

3. Canker sore relief — The soft tissue laser can be used to laser painful canker sores, which will relieve your discomfort and make them go away faster.

4. Swollen tissue removal – If during treatment poor oral hygiene causes gums to become swollen, the laser can be used to remove that extra soft tissue. Always remember, however, that it is very important to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy during and after your orthodontic treatment.

In order to use the soft tissue laser, Dr. Gorlovsky will apply a topical anesthetic to the area that needs to be lasered. That means no needles, no shots! The length of the procedure depends on how many teeth are done and how much tissue needs to be removed, but typically takes only a few minutes! Please don’t hesitate to ask us how lasering can help your treatment.