Diode laser treatment provides several benefits for orthodontic patients. By using a specialized diode laser, our orthodontist can safely and effectively remove excess gum tissue, exposing more of the tooth’s surface. Your gum tissue serves as a “frame” for your teeth; orthodontic lasers are used to sculpt the gums around the teeth in a way that helps improve the overall appearance and function of your smile. The best part of laser treatment? In most cases, there is no need for needles! Dr. Brent Rickheim simply applies a topical anesthetic to the gum tissue that is being treated so all you feel is the slight movement of the laser tip.
Ideal Bracket Placement
If your gums have not receded properly, or if a tooth is erupting slower than expected, a laser can be used to remove excess tissue and reveal enough tooth surface to place a bracket.
Impactions refer to teeth that have not properly erupted through the gums. By using laser treatment, Dr. Brent Rickheim can assist a tooth’s eruption without the need to wait months for the tooth to erupt on its own, or without needing to refer you for an expensive surgical procedure.
Aesthetic Gingival Recontouring
Following the removal of your braces, our orthodontist may recommend recontouring your gum line to improve your smile’s appearance. Aesthetic gingival recontouring reshapes the gum line to improve the aesthetics of your smile by exposing more of the enamel. Our orthodontist will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue around the upper teeth to make them look longer. If the gum line is uneven, aesthetic gingival recontouring can also sculpt the gum line to produce a more symmetrical, balanced smile.
iTero® 3D Scanning
When preparing your Invisalign® clear aligners, we first need to get a comprehensive look at the alignment of your teeth so that we can customize the aligners for you precisely. Our orthodontist and team use iTero® 3D Scanning, so that we can get images of your smile from all the angles we need to create your aligners. For more information about iTero 3D scanning and how we use it for Invisalign treatment, please give Peach Orthodontics a call at (208) 213-8327! Dr. Brent Rickheim would love to tell you more and show you how the scanning technology work.
Propel VPro is the only FDA-approved, high-frequency vibration device proven to promote rapid healing and decrease orthodontic recovery times. Propel VPro uses high-frequency vibrational technology to speed up the movement of teeth while also reducing the time it takes to achieve proper tooth alignment after undergoing orthodontic treatment.
Propel VPro gives our patients the option to care for their teeth in the comfort of their own home! The VPro’s high-frequency vibrations work to stimulate the patient’s bone and gum line, resulting in drastic bone regeneration and tooth movement improvements.
The device also works with existing orthodontics, so you can use your VPro even during treatment! The device works to help your orthodontist achieve optimal seating, which ultimately decreases your time having to wear a retainer after treatment!
3D Digital Indirect Bonding
Indirect bonding is a technique that was first introduced to orthodontics over 20 years ago, and it has become an integral part of many orthodontic practices and orthodontic labs worldwide. Digital Indirect bonding integrates the patient’s digital or physical impression and shows the orthodontist the end-of-treatment prescribed position of the patient’s teeth before treatment begins.
Indirect bonding has been widely praised as it can give the orthodontist the ability to achieve more accurate bracket placement on a static model while not having to deal with the clinical challenges with direct bonding on a patient. Digital Indirect Bonding also leads to improved patient comfort due to decreased time in which the patient is required to wear uncomfortable cheek retrators!