What Is Laser Dentistry?

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Laser dentistry is available to Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Orange County patients at cosmetic dentist Dr. David S. Frey’s dental practice. As an experienced Los Angeles cosmetic dentistry professional, Dr. Frey has invested in the latest laser dentistry technology to give his cosmetic dentistry patients the best possible care. The laser dentistry techniques are used in teeth whitening, placement of porcelain dental veneers, full mouth revitalization, and in gum line treatments to give you a better smile.

Types Of Dental Lasers

Dr. Frey utilizes two separate lasers (Argon and Diode) at his practice to assist him with cosmetic dentistry procedures that involve laser dentistry techniques.

Argon Laser

The Argon laser is an alternative light source that is used during teeth whitening by bleaching the teeth. Dr. Frey also employs that laser to create a stronger bond during the placement of porcelain veneers by photocuring the resin composite. The Argon laser is FDA approved and available for our Los Angeles area patients.

Laser Dentistry Types

Using A Diode Laser To Lessen Erica’s Gummy Smile


Diode Laser

The diode laser is considered a compact laser and is used for soft tissue laser dentistry procedures. Many patients find that laser dentistry with the diode laser is preferable to traditional dentistry due to the accuracy of the beam. Pain and swelling are greatly reduced as the laser beam’s accuracy minimizes damage to surrounding tissue. With the help of laser dentistry, several procedures can be performed during a single appointment.

Laser Dental Treatments

The most common soft tissue laser dentistry procedure provided at our Beverly Hills/LA cosmetic dentistry practice is gum line treatments. By using this laser dentistry technique, Dr. Frey can change the appearance of a smile through gum line manipulation. The diode laser can reshape a patient’s gums to create symmetry. The laser dentistry treatment will give smaller teeth a larger appearance while reducing the appearance of larger teeth.

Laser Dentistry Patient Testimonial

“After having spent 48 years smiling with my mouth closed, you can’t imagine what a pleasure it was to discover facial muscles that I never knew I had. The first week or two after you completed rebuilding my teeth, I completely and totally enjoyed the remarks of friends and associates, such as, “Where were you that you got such a great tan?” or “Did you lose some weight?” Your work is that subtle and natural. I can’t thank you enough for your fine job. As my new movie career progresses, I promise to keep you and Stephanie informed!”
— Arthur Singer
Laser Gum Contouring

What Is Laser Gum Contouring?

Gummy smiles can be a source of embarrassment. They can be the result of genetics, taking certain prescription drugs, or from various health problems. In gum contouring, the gum line is raised so that more of the crown of the tooth is visible. Gum contouring makes your teeth look longer, a key to improving your smile.

Prior to the advent of dental lasers, gum contouring was done with a scalpel. As you would assume, this created a painful, lengthy recovery. Now, thanks to our laser technology, Dr. Frey’s gum contouring procedures are fast, simple, and virtually painless.

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How Is Gum Contouring Done?

The gums and surrounding area are completely numbed prior to your procedure. Dr. Frey uses the diode laser for gum contouring. The laser energy gently cuts away excess gum tissue, creating a more uniform, natural-looking scalloped gum line.

What Are The Advantages Of Using A Laser For Gum Contouring?

Our diode laser instantly vaporizes the unwanted gum tissue, simultaneously cauterizing the cutting line. This has numerous advantages:
Laser Gum Contour Advantages
●     No need for sutures.
●     Less bleeding
●     Dramatically lower chances of infection
●     Easier recovery.
●     Faster treatment times

What Can Gum Contouring Correct?

When your gums are too high on the teeth, they make your teeth look shorter. This also makes people focus on this when speaking with you. You know it as a “gummy smile.” Dr. Frey uses a diode laser for gum contouring, lengthening the visible portion of the tooth. This procedure is very effective, yet incredibly easy to take.

What To Expect During Recovery

The difference in recovery between scalpel and laser gum contouring is amazing. After your procedure with Dr. Frey, your gums will be slightly swollen and a little sore. This can last a few days. The discomfort is minimal, however, and it doesn’t stop you from being able to eat and drink normally. You’ll need to avoid overly spicy foods and foods with seeds for a few days, but that’s all. Any discomfort will be manageable with ibuprofen.

Are Dental Lasers Dangerous For Teeth?

The FDA first approved lasers for dental use in 1994. The laser wavelength is set to vaporize the gum tissue, while leaving the tooth behind it unaffected. The difference in density ensures only the gum tissue will be affected by the energy delivered by the laser.
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What Are The Risks Of Laser Gum Contouring

When comparing laser gum contouring and the traditional surgical method, there is very little risk involved with the laser procedure. Compare this to the bleeding and vastly higher risk of infection involved with scalpel contouring. The laser energy provides a precise cut, cauterizes the tissue instantly to minimize bleeding, and makes the procedure relatively simple.

Schedule A Consultation

If you are interested in laser dentistry and would like to learn more, contact our cosmetic dentist Dr. Frey by calling (310) 276-4537. Our practice serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and surrounding areas in Orange County.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do braces last longer than Invisalign?

For most patients, Invisalign takes about 12 to 18 months. However, those with very mild cases often see results within the first 6 months, while those with more severe cases may need up to 24 months. Traditional braces usually take about 12 to 18 months, with some patients needing up to 24 months. Very rarely does it take less time to treat malocclusion with traditional braces.

Is Invisalign covered by insurance?

Some dental insurance providers will cover dental insurance, while others will not. Our office staff will be happy to contact your provider to determine coverage. We strive to help you get the most out of your benefits.

What teeth are not suitable for Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners are not suitable for baby teeth or for teeth that are severely rotated or with large gaps between them.

Is it OK to get Invisalign from a dentist?

Yes, you can get Invisalign treatment through a general dentist. However, it is important to make sure that they are an Invisalign provider. This is because this treatment option requires specialized treatment to ensure the best results.

Is Invisalign still braces?

Yes, Invisalign clear aligners are considered a type of orthodontic treatment. However, this option is much more comfortable, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing than traditional metal braces.

How many times a day can I remove Invisalign?

Invisalign aligners can be removed as many times as necessary- but the time should not exceed 4 hours. While the aligners need to be removed when eating/drinking or when brushing/flossing, the longer they are worn, the more effective they will be.

Who is a bad candidate for Invisalign?

Patients who still have baby teeth or who have teeth with wide gaps between them or teeth that are severely rotated should not consider Invisalign treatment. It is possible to use Invisalign after other methods for more precise movements.

What is the success rate of Invisalign?

The success of Invisalign depends on several factors including the type and severity of the malocclusion, as well as the compliance of the patient. Most patients have been satisfied with their results.

How long do you need to wear Invisalign?

Invisalign clear aligners should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day. Each set should be worn for 1 to 3 weeks. This will be outlined in your treatment plan, depending on the type and severity of your malocclusion.

Why is Invisalign so expensive?

One of the primary reasons that orthodontic treatment in general is expensive is because of the additional training the dentist needs. Invisalign is slightly more expensive due to the many benefits it brings.

Is Invisalign costlier than braces?

One of the biggest concerns that patients have is Invisalign cost. However, the average cost is comparable to that of traditional braces. Unfortunately, while many dental insurance providers will cover a portion of treatment, many others still classify this as a cosmetic procedure and will not cover any portion of it.

If you do not have insurance or if your provider does not cover treatment, we offer some financing options as well.

How much does Invisalign cost in California?

The cost of Invisalign treatment varies depending on several factors including the type and severity of your malocclusion the location of the clinic and the experience/expertise of the dentist. The average cost in California ranges from around $4,500 to $9,000, which is slightly higher than the national average.

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