Edition V20N01 | Year 2015 | Editorial Orthodontics Highlights | Pages 20 to 22
Treatment time and pain resulting from orthodontic movement are common concerns reported by patients in need of corrective orthodontic treatment. Reduced treatment time and pain control would greatly satisfy patients. Thus, researchers around the world have devoted themselves towards finding mechanisms to do so. Low-level laser is a potential mechanism and, for this reason, has been on the spotlight of worldwide scientific literature. Nevertheless, the results achieved by studies available remain dubious. For this reason, Brazilian researchers conducted a systematic review1 to assess the influence of low-level laser on orthodontic movement and pain control in humans. Their results are encouraging as they proved low-level laser effective in increasing the speed of orthodontic movement and controlling pain. The authors further highlight this method as simple, painless and with no side effects.