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laser // feature by Jerry Clark, DDS, MS Have you ever completed treatment and ended up with a “gummy” smile (Fig. 1)? Have you ever waited and waited for a canine to erupt so you can bracket the tooth and move forward with treatment? Have you ever completed treatment, had the teeth aligned perfectly, only to find that the gingival heights of some of the maxillary anterior teeth are at different levels adversely effecting the aesthetics of your patient’s smile? Have you ever tried to band a second molar and had an operculum obstructing your ability to band the tooth? Have you ever had a patient with poor oral hygiene that presents with inflamed hypertrophic gingival tissues that are growing over the patient’s brackets? These are just a few of the problems that can be easily and painlessly eliminated by using a soft-tissue diode laser. Today, for the orthodontist who desires to provide the finest treatment for his or her patients, a soft-tissue laser is an affordable must for your practice. They are easy to use and the positive effect you can have on your patient’s orthodontic treatment results are too significant to ignore. * Contact your DENTSPLY GAC or AMD sales representative for current pricing. 38 JUNE 2013 // orthotown.com Cost Today there are many cost-effective soft-tissue diode lasers available to the practicing orthodontist. Since the procedures that are required for orthodontic care are relatively simple, it is not necessary to purchase a high-powered laser. The laser manufacturers, in fact, have developed lasers that are relatively modest in price yet sophisticated enough for any of the needs of an orthodontic practice. Not so long ago, lasers cost between $10,000 and $15,000, but now you can purchase a quality laser from any number of companies for approximately $2,500.* Our practice uses the Picasso Lite (Fig. 2) laser manF ig. 1 ufactured by AMD but there are many other options available from other manufacturers. If you don’t have a laser, now is the time to buy because any additional price reductions in the future are going to be minimal. Function Laser stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. The laser provides a single wavelength light that is focused and http://www.orthotown.com

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