Technology

technologySoft Tissue Diode Laser

Here are some examples of the use of Diode Laser in Orthodontics.

Patient 1: Laser treatment during Orthodontic treatment.
Left: before laser, note swollen gums. Right: 3 weeks after laser treatment.

Before After

Patient 2: Laser gingival recontouring after Orthodontic treatment.
Left: before laser, note shorter tooth . Right: 1 week after laser treatment.

Before After

Patient 3: Laser exposure of impacted tooth

Left: immediately after laser procedure; no bleeding nor swelling. Right: 1 week after laser treatment.

Before

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)

One of the many important advances in orthodontics has been the development of temporary anchorage devices, or TADs. Made of a bio-compatible titanium alloy, TADs are miniscrew anchors which are inserted into specific places in the mouth to be used as a fixed point from which teeth can move. Before TADs, orthodontists who wanted to move some teeth while keeping others still, or to achieve orthodontic movement in a mouth with missing teeth, had to rely on complex biomechanical achors and headgears. But TADs now provide an option for that fixed point that is smaller, more discrete, more efficient and requires significantly less work for the patient.

Temporary anchorage devices may not be recommended for everyone, and in fact, anchorage devices at all may not be needed in all cases.