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soft tissue diode laser

Soft Tissue Diode Laser

Diode lasers have been universally accepted as a tremendous adjunct to soft tissue modification, offering an extremely precise, pain-free method for altering oral tissues. Dr. Reese uses this technology for a variety of common soft tissue problems associated with patients in braces. This procedure can be done in just a few minutes while undergoing your regular orthodontic treatment. A small amount of topical anesthetic (numbing jelly) is allowed to soak into the gum tissue for 3-5 minutes and then you are ready!

Common Uses of Laser Therapy

Tooth Exposure

Often times during orthodontic treatment there can be a tooth that has delayed eruption.  By simply removing a small amount of tissue over that tooth, Dr. Reese can proceed with your treatment without further delay.


In some instances, especially while orthodontically closing spaces between teeth, excess tissue can build up between the teeth.  Excessive tissue makes teeth harder to clean and presents an unpleasant appearance.  Removal of this tissue will give immediate improvement to this condition.

Esthetic Recontouring

Not all gum tissue is created equal, and removing a small amount of gum tissue at the end of treatment can put the finishing touches needed for the most symmetrical and pleasing smile line. 

If you would like more information about soft tissue diode lasers, please feel free to ask Dr. Reese.

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