A gummy smile is one in which your gums (soft periodontal tissues) cover a disproportionate amount of some of your teeth. The result is a gum line that isn’t even, and therefore, a smile that can seem crooked or out of alignment. Cosmetic gum contouring is the process of gently trimming away the excess gum tissues to improve your gum line’s alignment and make the frame around your smile more symmetrical. In some cases, we may suggest performing cosmetic gum contouring with advanced laser technology rather than a traditional scalpel.
What Is Gum Contouring?
The overall goal of gum contouring is to make the gums surrounding your teeth and protecting their roots as symmetrical as the rest of your smile. This involves carefully examining your teeth, gums, and dental ridges to determine the extent of your gummy smile, and to artistically plan your treatment for optimal cosmetic results. For many patients, gum contouring can also help complete a more comprehensive smile makeover plan, ensuring that your gums remain even and complement the results of your smile makeover.
The Benefits of Contouring Your Gums
- Correct your gummy smile – Correcting a gummy smile can seem complicated when you don’t know about gum contouring. After your procedure, you can finally smile proudly knowing that your gums don’t negatively affect its appearance.
- Improve your periodontal health – When your gums are even and symmetrical, they’re easier to keep clean and healthy. Oral bacteria will have a harder time working their way underneath your gums and causing gingivitis.
- Avoid the need for a scalpel – Traditional gum contouring involves minor oral surgery with the help of a scalpel. By utilizing advanced laser technology, we can help you avoid this and enjoy more comfortable smile improvement.
Learn More About Cosmetic Gum Contouring
If you have a gummy smile, then it could have a negative impact on your confidence. With cosmetic gum contouring, we can improve your smile and confidence with highly conservative treatment. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Yelena Popkova D.D.S. in Merrimack, NH, today at 603-595-9400. We also serve the residents of Nashua, Hudson, Manchester, Milford, and all surrounding communities.