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Fig. 10

The one-week application of the laser augmented this hardware
change and allowed the fastest and the most comfortable movement
seen so far. These cases were completed in two to three months
routinely; more difficult and stubborn cases might take three to four
months. Several women in their mid- to late 60s were able to see
tremendous changes in as little as two to four months (Figs. 7 and 8).
The fi nal adjustment in our research was to apply the laser
with the optimum exposure time reported in the literature-twice
a week. This group had reactivation orthodontic appointments
once per week with the laser applied each time, and an additional
appointment later in the week for laser reapplication. By applying
the laser twice a week, the biostimulation of the tissues could be
maximized for the greatest metabolism. By changing elastics each
week, the light orthodontic forces could be optimized by the laser's
activation of periodontal ligament and bone.
Bony configuration and anatomy changes were seen at an unbelievable rate. Making changes on removable orthodontic appliances
weekly and applying laser biweekly had the same phenomenal results.
Whether the patient was a child or an adult, tooth movement and
alignment could be completed in three to four weeks.
With our 57-year-old female patient, after one month to
complete tooth movement and alignment, a decision was made to
apply Class II elastic rubber bands to attempt a correction of the
Class II jaw relationship to a Class I relationship. We continued the
protocol for orthodontic reactivation once a week and twice-a-week
laser application to the temporomandibular joint and body of the
ramus-but not to the teeth, since they were acting as anchors for
mandibular growth and realignment-at the same energy levels
previously used on the teeth (Figs. 9 and 10). Fig. 11, on p. 42,
shows the case three years after treatment; no relapse has occurred.

The results of
laser exposure
each month resulted
in cases being
completed much
more quickly: Cases
that would have
taken two to three
years in standard
orthodontic treatment
were being comfortably
completed in six
to eight months.

Discussion
Orthodontics is the process of applying pressures. Simply put,
on the compression side of the tooth, the developed biologic stress
makes cellular changes which differentiate precursor cells into
osteoclasts, which leads to bone removal. On the tension side of
the tooth, stress applied to precursor cells produce new osteoblast
cells, and the bone matrix and ossification result. Orthodontic
stress produced in the cells triggers biologically active substances
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