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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 387-392

The extended tentacles of laser - From diagnosis to treatment in orthodontics: An overview

1 Department of Orthodontics, Rajas Dental College and Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Oral Pathology, Rajas Dental College and Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Department of Orthodontics, Tagore Dental College and Hospital, Rathinamangalam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
4 Department of Oral Pathology, Dr. Sudha and Nageswara Rao Siddartha Institute of Dental Science, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. S D Milling Tania
Department of Orthodontics, Rajas Dental College and Hospital, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-7406.163462

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Since the introduction of lasers in dentistry in the mid-1990's, research in laser supported dental therapies is progressing at a rapid pace. Orthodontics is no exception. In orthodontics, lasers have many diagnostic, therapeutic, and biomodulating applications. To update the various applications of lasers in orthodontics. Lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. Laser, striking the biological tissues can either get reflected, absorbed or scattered depending on several factors. Depending on the fate of the emitted laser, it can be applied for different diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical procedures. The knowledge and understanding of different types of lasers and its specific applications is a prerequisite before it can be applied beneficially. In Orthodontics, the versatility of laser has expanded into bonding, curing, debonding, imaging, growth modification, pain reduction, etc. Definitely laser has extended its tentacles from diagnosis to treatment in orthodontics.

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