Occasionally, we use a diode (wavelength 810 nm; usual wattage is 1 to 1.2) soft-tissue laser to help expedite orthodontic treatment with our patients.
The great point about the use of a laser in orthodontics is that in more than 90% of our patients, there is no typical numbing needed, which means no needle. We use a strong, topical anesthetic that works really well; patient recovery is quick, and there is no bleeding and no stitches.
The procedure typically takes about five minutes. Often, patients say the treated area feels similar to a deep cleaning after the gel anesthetic wears off (usually about 30 minutes).
Below, you can see some of our patients who have had the procedure done in order to help expose an unerupted tooth.