Laser Photobiomodulation Over Teeth Subjected to Orthodontic Movement

Photomed Laser Surg. 2018 Dec;36(12):647-652. doi: 10.1089/pho.2018.4532.


Background: Orthodontics of the 21st century requires aesthetic, painless, predictable, and quick treatments. This demand for faster results generated orthodontic movement acceleration protocols (OMAPs); among other OMAPs we present low-level laser (LLL) as a candidate. Objective: To evaluate levels of interleukin (IL)-1, IL-10, and type 1 collagen in the periodontal ligament of first molars of rats subjected to orthodontic traction with and without LLL irradiation, compared with untreated controls (CO), and to evaluate whether the dose of LLL used in this work is eligible as an OMAP. Materials and methods: A total of 35 male Wistar rats were distributed into three groups: group 1 NI (nonirradiated) n = 15, group 2 IR (laser irradiated using 5 J, 177 J/cm2, and 100 mW applied in contact to the vestibular mesial, vestibular distal, and palatal faces of gum tissue around molar region for 50 sec each point, for 3 consecutive days, immediately 24 and 48 h after orthodontic device placement.) n = 15, and group 3 CO n = 5; groups 1 and 2 were subjected to orthodontic force and each group was divided into three subgroups that were sacrificed after 3, 5, and 7 days, IL-1/10 and COL-1 levels were analyzed. Results: In the IR group, levels of IL-1/10 and COL-1 showed peak anticipation after LLL irradiation compared with those in the NI and CO groups. Conclusions: These results can also infer that this dose of LLL can be used as an OMAP.

Keywords: IL-1; IL-10; collagen type 1; low-level laser therapy; photobiomodulation; tooth movement.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Collagen Type I / analysis
  • Interleukins / analysis
  • Laser Therapy / methods*
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Molar / chemistry
  • Periodontal Ligament / chemistry
  • Rats
  • Rats, Wistar
  • Tooth Movement Techniques*


  • Collagen Type I
  • Interleukins