For the benefit of our patients we have added the option of limited soft tissue laser treatment in our practice. The Spectralase laser is an intense diode light laser that allows Dr. Week to painlessly remove gum tissue in certain areas. Some of the applications for the laser in our practice include:
- Reshaping of the gum tissue to more fully achieve balance and symmetry in a patient's smile.
- Removal of excess gum tissue to more fully show off that amazing Signature Smile.
- Exposure of erupting teeth. When indicated, it often allows orthodontic treatment to be completed more quickly.
Treatment time with the laser is very short. After the topical anesthetic gel is applied (no shots!), most procedures are completed within 5-8 minutes. The laser removes tissue very quickly and accurately, which results in rapid healing with minimal discomfort to our patients.
Certainly, laser treatment is not needed by a majority of our patients, and there are limitations in its use. However, when it is indicated, soft tissue therapy can be coordinated with your orthodontic appointment, instead of requiring a separate visit to another provider.
Sometimes, orthodontics alone is not able to achieve all of the bite correction desired. When this is the situation, the help of another specialist, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, is needed in conjunction with orthodontia. Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.