Dental Laser Therapy
A laser is effectively a machine that pumps out trillions of photons (light particles) all at once in the form of a really concentrated light beam. It has been used in the field of medicine for 50 years now for various functions, including incision and cauterization, and it is also used to promote healing, reduce inflammation, and reduce pain.
The orthodontic industry has adopted the use of laser to enhance orthodontic treatment by literally getting to the “root” of the problem. Specifically, we use Low-Level Laser, which can reduce pain signalling and the sensation of pain, and also increase blood flow to remove the pain-inducing chemicals in the area. Ultimately, it allows us to effectively reduce discomfort and pain typically associated with orthodontic treatment.
In a recent issue of American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics (AJODO), it was found that a single dose of Lower Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) applied immediately after treatment was effective in reducing the pain associated with braces. It was found that on the first day after a braces treatment, LLLT showed a 63% reduction in spontaneous pain and 56% reduction in pain on chewing when compared with placebo. And the effect lasts for a week after treatment!
LLLT had also been shown to be able to energize the cells to increase cell activity and cell growth, it has the potential to stimulate remodelling of the bone around teeth. This means teeth could move faster, resulting in quicker treatment time. Furthermore, when used after treatment is done, the bone could stabilize and adapt to the new tooth position better, potentially reducing the chance of relapse.
We are very pleased to be able to offer this fantastic treatment to our patients at PacificWest Dental Group, and we excited for the possibilities this treatment can bring to help us serve our patients better!