The diode laser is one of the greatest dental innovations today. The laser can do a multitude of procedures that are beneficial to your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Raj offers this technology right in the comfort of our own office, that means no need to refer you out to a gum specialist, instead, your treatment can be done in-house, saving you time and money. Durham Orthodontic Centre is proud to be one of the few orthodontic offices offering this treatment.
Procedures done with the laser:
- Exposure of impacted teeth
- Gingivectomy (gum levelling)
- Frenectomy (removal of thick muscle between two front teeth)
- Treatment of Canker Sores, Herpetic & Aphthous Ulcers of the Oral Mucosa
- Gum whitening
- Tooth Whitening
Temporary Anchorage Device (TAD)
Temporary anchorage devices, or TADs, are small titanium anchors used in certain orthodontic cases to help achieve quicker tooth movement with more efficiency and comfort. TADs may be used in addition to braces or as an alternative to headgear.
How are TADs placed?
Local anaesthetic is used to numb the gum tissue and the jaw surrounding the area where the TAD will be placed. Once the area is numb, your doctor will gently place the TAD through the gum tissue and firmly into the jawbone. The placing of a TAD is quick, and may be over before you know it. While your doctor is placing the TAD, you may feel slight pressure, but within a day, you will no longer be able to feel the TAD. Your TAD is removed once your treatment is complete, or when it is no longer needed to help straighten your teeth. Removal of a TAD is a comfortable procedure that takes just a few minutes.
If you have questions about TADs, please contact our office. We will be able to answer any of your questions and provide you with detailed information about your orthodontic treatment.