As an adjunctive procedure, soft tissue laser surgery has helped many orthodontists elevate the level of patient care by increasing treatment efficacy, improving oral hygiene around fixed appliances during orthodontic treatment, and enhancing final smile esthetics.
Specifically, soft tissue lasers have numerous applications in the orthodontic practice, including: gingivectomy and gingivoplasty, flattening of bulbous papillae, frenectomy, exposure of partially erupted teeth, uncovering temporary anchorage devices, operculectomy, ablation of aphthous ulcerations, and even tooth-whitening.
This chapter will review the two most popular lasers used in orthodontics: the diode laser and the solid-state laser, and provide an overview of laser physics, equipment set-up, choosing an appropriate anesthetic, proper laser technique, billing and insurance codes, and laser safety.
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Definition and laser physics
LASER is an acronym for ‘light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation’. Fundamentally, a laser beam is a focused source of electromagnetic radiation, or lightenergy.
Laser light energy is defined by three properties: • Monochromatic (of one color or wavelength) • Directional • Coherent.
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