There’s more to your smile than your teeth. When you stand at the mirror and smile, do you see more gums than teeth? Sometimes, there is nothing wrong with your teeth, but your gums may appear to be just too big when you smile. If so, you may have what dentists call a ‘gummy’ smile. When gum tissue overgrows the teeth and becomes far too noticeable, gum contouring is the solution, Dr. Alegre is standing by to give you smile care you deserve.
For a gummy smile, the preferred treatment is gum contouring, a minimally invasive laser surgery procedure that quickly corrects excessive or uneven gums. Gum contouring uses the latest technology, the soft tissue laser, to gently remove and reshape your gums for a smile you won’t be able to stop showing off.
Laser surgery is a popular and effective treatment method because the laser:
- Vaporizes and seals extra gum tissue
- Eliminates cutting, bleeding or sutures
- Reduces infection by killing bacteria while also sealing the gums.
The gum contouring procedure is quite straightforward. First, a local anesthetic is applied to the gums. A laser light trims away excess gum tissue. This lifts the gum line and exposes more tooth. The procedure is often performed on the front teeth only. Additional techniques, such as reducing the bone at the front of the tooth root to prevent re-growth of the gums, may be necessary. Accelerated orthodontic treatment and porcelain veneers or crowns may also be used for the very best outcome.
A thorough evaluation by your dentist is the only way to know which procedures are best for you. However, gum contouring is a modern and cost-effective technique that can quickly enhance your smile with a minimum of pain and inconvenience. The result is simply healthy, natural looking gums and a beautiful, confident new smile.