Laser Dentistry and Rejuvenation

Dentist in Hawthorne, NJ

Leading the Dental Laser Industry

The latest generation of dental lasers have revolutionized dentistry with treatments that are faster, more effective and more satisfying to patients and practitioners than ever before. With over 45 years of experience in laser technology, Fotona’s award-winning LightWalker dental laser systems are leading the dental industry forward to new levels of perfection with unrivaled precision, performance and ease of use.

Fotona is recognized as a world leader in the innovation and development of new dental applications and technologies, working closely with top universities and dental research centers around the globe.

The Benefits of Fotona Dental Lasers Include:

  • A full range of hard- and soft-tissue treatments
  • Extremely precise hard-tissue cutting and ablation
  • Easy and effective endodontic treatments
  • Little or no bleeding surgical procedures, with simultaneous disinfection
  • Easy-to-select operating modes for greater simplicity
  • Greater patient satisfaction and less operator fatigue

Simple, Safe and Effective

Fotona’s patented Er:YAG laser modality optimizes the length of laser pulses, allowing for the safe penetration of heat into the oral mucosa tissue. It is gentle enough to be used on the sensitive tissue inside the mouth, but strong enough to provide clinically efficacious heating.

NightLase is easy for any doctor or dentist to perform and has a high success rate in producing a positive change in sleep patterns. Research has shown that NightLase reduces and attenuates snoring and provides an effective, non-invasive way to lessen the effects of sleep apnea.

A Patient Friendly Solution

A full course of NightLase consists of three separate treatment sessions over a six week period. The final results of the treatment have been shown to last up to a year, and the therapy can be repeated.

Patients find NightLase to be a highly comfortable and satisfying solution. NightLase requires no device to be worn during sleep and involves no chemical treatment. It’s a gentle and easy way for your patients to regain a good night’s rest.

Conservative Dentistry

Fotona’s dental lasers provide the widest range of hard-tissue drilling options available.  It is minimally invasive and precise without heating the surrounding tooth structure. The use of their instruments make hard tissue procedures faster and easier to perform without irritating vibration or noise.

Superior Clinical Results

Using LightWalker, sub-gingival caries can be removed without gingival bleeding and more of your tooth structure stays healthy. Preparation of work on cavities with LightWalker laser leaves a clean surface with no smear layer and higher bonding strength.

LIPLASE For Natural Lip Enhancement

Liplase is a more focused application of the Smoothlase technique, this time for de-aging the lips, i.e. lip enhancement.  While Smoothlase addresses the upper and lower lip areas above and below the borders, this technique is solely for the vermillion borders.  Liplase is also a trademarked technique of Dr. Harvey Shiffman, who wisely adapted another excellent and needed use for our Fotona lasers.

Liplase is also a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment. It is performed from inside and outside of the lips on the vermillion border.  Just as Dr. Jonathan builds and shapes lips with Restylane and Restylane Silk, he can direct the formation of a Cupid’s Bow with your own collagen while enhancing the overall shape and form of your lips, only this time………Naturally!

There are no painful lip injections, no foreign materials, and no downtime.  You are good to go, immediately after your treatment session.  Go to work or just enjoy your day.

As the lips are full of sensory nerves, we do advise dental block anesthesia for your comfort during treatment.  For those who prefer not to be numb for a few hours, Dr. Jonathan prescribes EMLA topical cream (2.5% lidocaine & 2.5% prilocaine) to soak into your lips one hour before treatment to make you more comfortable as the lips are more susceptible to feeling the laser energy than the rest of the face.

What happens during treatment?

For Liplase there are 3 treatments of approximately 20 minutes.  Sessions are 3 weeks apart to allow your collagen to develop.  The laser energy will be applied across the inside of the lip border, then the outside, dry part of the vermillion border.  Post-treatment, the outer, dry part of the lips will go through 3 phases:

  1. inflammation/slight swelling (actually looks like good enhancement) for the first 24 hours
  2. Surface peeling the second to third day
  3. New collagen filling up the lips on days 1 to 30

Dr. Jonathan likes to use organic, unrefined coconut oil, applied liberally throughout the day, for the first 3 days, but vitamin E oil and vaseline also work.  These work well for sunburned lips as well.

How long will the Liplase natural collagen enhancement last?

Funny you should ask!  Once your new collagen is made, it should degrade at the same rate that the rest of the collagen in your body is degrading, or not.  That degradation rate is totally dependent upon your diet and lifestyle, and hence your overall health state. That being said, a single visit touch-up treatment 6 to 12 months, or more, later is recommended to maintain your lips’ plumpness, tone, and elasticity for most people.


  • No downtime
  • No bruising
  • No injections
  • No foreign/synthetic substances
  • No radical changes (a more private treatment)
  • Healthy rejuvenation (actually does reverse aging, not just appearances)
  • Short, in-office procedures
  • A natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen which builds over time, well past the treatments to tighten and firm the lips
  • A safe alternative to surgery
  • No pre-treatment preparation
  • No post-treatment requirements or medications
  • No worry about allergic reactions


Accomplished via Fotona Laser’s LightWalker ATS twin laser and FDA approved, Smoothlase is a giant leap forward in facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Jonathan again uses the energy and power of the electromagnetic spectrum to direct the body to naturally heal and de-age itself.  As always, he has improved on the original technique, achieving significant improvements for his clients.  This is true, unmatched COSMETICS!  Most people also opt for biostimulation on the outside of the face to the skin to the next level.

Smoothlase is a non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses a fractionalized (broken-up into a grid pattern) laser beam to direct the body’s own natural healing process to tighten, tone, and lift sagging and wrinkled skin around the mouth, chin, lip, and face areas.  It smooths light to medium wrinkling and improves skin tone by bringing back elasticity, giving you a more youthful feel and appearance.  After you turn back the clock, maintaining the results through diet, lifestyle, and occasional touch-ups prevents future wrinkles and loss of skin tone and elasticity.

Treatments are applied from inside the mouth, without disturbing the skin surface.  Smoothlase specifically targets the deep structural skin tissues containing your collagen.  Unlike dermatological lasers, which penetrate the skin from the outside, the Smoothlase technique tightens and lifts your skin non-invasively from the inside out.

Maintaining the tissue tone, elasticity, and moisture levels of “young” collagen helps prevent wrinkle formation, and promotes a healthy coloration of your face and lips.

How does Smoothlase work?

The laser treatment warms the targeted tissues in a grid pattern causing:

  1. Conversion of irregular, broken down from aging and life, collagen to its regular more youthful form of years past.  This is called remodeling.
  2. Activating fibroblast cells to make brand new collagen in your face and lips.

Loss of collagen is the main cause of skin aging, wrinkles, scarring, uneven skin tone, dry skin, and poor skin texture.  When healthy collagen is present in sufficient amount, your skin has nutritional support and retains its plumpness, elasticity, and tightness.

You can further help keep your post-treatment results by avoiding the things which damage your skin, i.e. cause collagen breakdown, a.k.a. AGING:

  • UV Radiation (avoid turning pink or red, no sun-burning)
  • Tanning
  • Dietary Toxins
  • Smoking
  • Excessive Alcohol (“1 or 2 drinks a day is A Okay” to keep the cortisol levels down though!)
  • Prescription Drugs Which Dehydrate You (4000+ of them)
  • Poor Diet (Low in anti-oxidants like Vitamins C, E, A, Biotin, Selenium, Lutein, Lycopene)

How much Smoothlase treatment do you need?

Treatment is age based.  In general, one treatment per 10 years of age works well.  For example, a 40 year old would require 4 treatments, 3 weeks apart.  Treatments are given 3 weeks apart to allow the new collagen time to develop. Collagen continues to be formed for about one month after the last treatment.

After your course of treatment is completed, Dr. Jonathan advises a collagen booster treatment every 6 months.  How fast your collagen re-ages depends upon your overall health, habits, and lifestyle.  Remember, prevention can save you time and money in most aspects of your life.  So once you go through your rejuvenation, be sure to maintain it.

Who is Smoothlase not for?

Smoothlase is not for people expecting the overdone look of a number of Hollywood types.  It is also not for those wanting the instantaneous results of injectable dermal fillers.  Smoothlase is a natural, longer-lasting de-aging process of your face, returning it to an earlier period of your life.  It works the opposite of dermal fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, etc., and Botox/Dysport/Xeomin.  With those injectables, the healthier you are the faster their effect wears off (part of your natural healing process).  With Smoothlase, Liplase, and Nightlase, the healthier you are the longer it lasts.  That is because they cause formation of your own, natural collagen and it degrades when health is suboptimal.

Our clients have been very pleased with their results.

Smoothlase Benefits:

  • No downtime, go about your daily routine immediately after treatment
  • No foreign substances
  • No radical changes
  • Healthy rejuvenation on the inside
  • Noticeable, gradual effect on the outside
  • Short in-office procedures
  • A natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen which builds over time well past your treatment
  • Lifts and tightens skin around the mouth, face, chin, along the jawline, and under the eyes into a more youthful position
  • A nice alternative to surgery
  • No pre-treatment preparation
  • No post-treatment requirements or medications

How does Smoothlase treatment feel?

Comfort levels vary depending the particular patient and the treatment location.  Generally, there may be some sensitivity, feeling of heat, towards the lip area since this area is loaded with nerves.  This is what stimulates the collagen growth.  Most areas of the face feel nothing to a little warmth, especially as treatment progresses throughout the session, while the laser energy is being delivered to each spot on the the tissue.  There is an Erbium laser analgesia effect.  Patients are typically feeling well and excited about the the results to come at the end of treatments.

Any tingling, tenderness, or slight swelling of tissues (looks good) is also normal, mild and temporary in nature.

Smoothlase is a nice, easy way to turn back the clock!