Orthodontic Support Procedures

A revolutionary treatment has now reduced the treatment time of traditional braces to 3 – 8 months.

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Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics

With this procedure most orthodontic cases in both adolescents and adults can be completed much faster than with conventional orthodontics.

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Orthodontic Tooth Exposure(s)

When a tooth fails to erupt through the gum, it is considered impacted and can delay orthodontic treatment. Any tooth could be impacted, but most impacted teeth are canines.

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Laser Gingivoplasty

Inflamed gums can result in a less than favorable outcome following orthodontics. Removal of thick, fibrous tissue is a very simple procedure using the Fotona Lightwalker® laser and topical anesthesia.

Periodontally Accelerated Osteogenic Orthodontics

With the PAOOTM procedure most orthodontic cases in both adolescents and adults can be completed 3 to 4 times faster than would be possible with conventional orthodontics.

PAOO is performed at the request of Orthodontists for a number of reasons. The procedure improves the thickness of bone around teeth, reducing the risks of gum recession. The additional bone thickness makes it possible in some cases for more ideal orthodontic results. The procedure also reduces the risk of root resorption that can shorten the root lengths of teeth during orthodontics. The PAOO procedure has many years of clinical results and research to document its safety and benefits.

Orthodontic Tooth Exposure(s)

When a tooth fails to erupt through the gum, it is considered impacted and can delay orthodontic treatment.

Patients with teeth that have failed to erupt are often referred for surgical exposure of impacted teeth, so that they can be extruded into the mouth and positioned orthodontically. 

This procedure involves uncovering part of the crown of the tooth and bonding a special orthodontic bracket onto the tooth crown. A pre-attached chain that can then be tied to your regular orthodontic wires. This is a simple procedure to tolerate, and heals very rapidly.

Laser Gingivoplasty

Gums that remain inflamed and swollen over a period of time can become thick and fibrous, in spite of good oral hygiene.

Inflamed and swollen gums are a common problem for orthodontic patients, and can result in a less than favorable outcome following orthodontics.

Removal of thick, fibrous tissue is easy to tolerate and typically heals rapidly with minimal discomfort.

Frequently Asked Questions

My orthodontist mentioned just lasering the excess gum tissue, will any bone removal be needed to complete my case (or my child's)?

Sometimes, orthodontic brackets and wires can cause inflammation in the gum tissue that will cause them to overgrow making hygiene in these areas impossible.  Laser removal of excess tissue in these cases is typically all that is required.

If the teeth are too ‘short’ in appearance after orthodontics, often bone and tissue removal / contouring is needed.   In these cases the reason the gum tissue is excessive is due to the underlying bone being in the wrong position.  If only tissue removal is completed and the bone anatomy is not addressed, then the gum tissue will grow back.  This procedure is called aesthetic crown lengthening.

I have heard of accelerated orthodontics, what is it?

Periodontally accelerated osteogenic orthodontics (PAOO) helps speed up orthodontic treatment. Dr. Blansett will not recommend this procedure for everyone. In fact, most adolescents undergoing orthodontic treatment will not need it.

PAOO works by surgically softening the jaw bone, creating small dimples in the bone with a handpiece. This causes inflammation in the bone, making it ‘softer’ than usual for a period of 6-8 weeks and allows the orthodontist to safely move teeth faster without fear of excess blunting / shortening of the tooth roots. These procedures are typically recommended for adult patients, or patients in which large tooth movements are needed.  

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