Diode lasers can be beneficial for patients in several ways. We can remove excess gum tissue, improving esthetics, and expose unerupted teeth to speed up their eruption and bracket them for orthodontics. Sometimes, your gum tissue covers more of your teeth than it should, especially on the front teeth. Lasers can sculpt the tissue and expose more of the teeth, giving you a fuller and more beautiful smile. The best part of laser treatment? In most cases, there is no need for needles! We simply place a topical anesthetic on the gum tissue to numb the area.
Ideal Bracket Placement
If there is too much gum tissue covering your front teeth, or if a tooth is near the surface but will not come through, a laser can be used to remove excess tissue and reveal enough tooth surface to place a bracket and speed up the tooth's eruption.
Impacted teeth are those that have not or will not erupt properly on their own. We can use the laser to expose some impacted teeth in our office without the need to refer you out for a more expensive surgical procedure. By the laser, we can speed a tooth's eruption without the need to wait months for the tooth to erupt on its own.
Esthetic Gingival Recontouring
Once your braces are removed, Dr. Talbot may recommend sculpting your gum line to maximize the esthetics of your smile by exposing more tooth surface. Dr. Talbot will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue around the teeth to make them look longer. If the gum line is uneven, gingival recontouring can also sculpt the gum line to produce a more symmetrical, balanced smile.