One of the advanced technologies our orthodontists may use when providing your treatment is a soft tissue laser. Soft tissue lasers allow us to deliver procedures with greater accuracy, providing more effective care and minimizing your recovery time following treatment. Soft tissue lasers are a versatile tool and may be used in a variety of dental procedures. At our office, we use these lasers to provide gum recontouring.
Gum recontouring, sometimes known as crown lengthening, is a simple procedure recommended to treat “gummy” smiles. Gummy smiles occur when excessive gum tissue is present, causing the teeth to appear abnormally short. This gum tissue may prevent you from receiving orthodontic treatment or other care, and by carefully recontouring the gumline, our orthodontists can improve your appearance as well as ensure you are able to receive the treatments you need. Most gum recontouring treatments can be completed in a single visit with our orthodontists.
Using a soft tissue laser for this procedure offers many benefits. For example, soft tissue lasers allow for better control during the procedure, giving you a more accurate and effective treatment. Lasers also give you a faster treatment time, reduce bleeding and risk of infection following the procedure, and can treat the targeted area without causing damage to any nearby tissue. Soft tissue lasers also enhance your comfort — in fact, you may not even require anesthesia to receive your treatment, though anesthetic and sedation options are available for your use. Additionally, soft tissue lasers are very quiet, emitting only a soft humming sound rather than the loud sounds produced by dental drills and other tools.
If you have any questions about soft tissue lasers and would like to schedule a consultation with our skilled orthodontists, contact our office today.