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Diode Laser Treatment

Diode laser treatment provides several benefits for patients receiving orthodontic care.

Impacted Teeth

Impactions refer to teeth that can not erupt properly through the gums. By using laser treatment, Dr. Whateley can assist a tooth's eruption without the need to wait months for the tooth to erupt on its own, or to refer for an expensive surgical procedure.

Aesthetic Gingival Recontouring

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.

Frenectomy

One of the most common conditions related to the gum tissues is a space created by a thick band of tissue lying between the upper front teeth known as the “frenum.” The procedure used to reshape, shorten, or remove this tissue is known as a “frenectomy.”  The frenectomy is best performed following closure of the space between the teeth so that the tissue heals to the ideal position of the teeth.

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.

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