An attractive smile is a delicate balance. Teeth are part of that balance, but so are your gums. If your gums are uneven or too visible, it can lead to an unattractive smile. Using a comfortable laser technology, a cosmetic dentist can reshape your gums to restore that balance and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
Gum Recontouring for a Gummy Smile
Some people have what is known as a “gummy smile.” When you smile, you show a small amount of teeth, and a lot of gums. This makes your teeth look small, and it may make you unhappy with your smile.
Often, a gummy smile is caused by excess gum tissue. Typically, the gums are supposed to recede from your teeth during puberty, revealing the full length of your adult teeth. But sometimes this doesn’t happen, leaving most of your teeth covered by gum tissue. Excess gum tissue can also be caused by certain medications that will cause your gums to grow larger when they’re not supposed to.
In gum recontouring, we remove that excess gum tissue to help you show off the full length of your teeth. This helps you get rid of your gummy smile. Sometimes, though, we find that your teeth are actually short. In order to correct a gummy smile, then, we will build up your teeth with porcelain veneers.
Gum Recontouring for Uneven Gums
The shape of your smile is defined by two lines. One line runs along the edge of your upper teeth. The other line runs along the top of your teeth where they meet your gums. If either of these lines is uneven, your smile will look crooked. This means that, even if your teeth are straight, your smile might look crooked if your gums are not even.
Gum recontouring can correct a gum line that is uneven. By creating an even, scalloped line along your gums, we can make your smile look straight, healthy, and attractive.
Are Your Gums Healthy?
Another possible cause for a gummy smile is unhealthy gums. In the early stages of gum disease, your gums can become irritated and swollen. As a result, your smile may begin to look gummy. Left untreated, infected gums will then recede. This is not only unattractive, but it can also lead to tooth loss. If gum disease is the cause of your gummy smile, we will recommend gum disease treatment.