Just as every beautiful painting has a frame, your gums frame your smile. Your gums showcase the appearance of your teeth, but they also promote the health of your teeth.
Are your gums too high, or too low? Sometimes your gums may require a little reshaping in order to enhance your smile, or to prevent more serious dental issues from harming your overall health.
Gum contouring is a procedure that reshapes your gums. It’s usually used as a cosmetic dental treatment to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile by making the gums more symmetrical. But gum contouring is also used to treat oral health concerns, like gum disease.
Here are 5 Ways Gum Contouring Can Help Your Smile (and your health):
- Gummy Smile – This is when your gums take up more of your “smile real estate” than you’d like. When you smile or laugh, you may feel that too much gum appears, and that it interferes with the look of your smile. Gum contouring can trim away some of this excess gum tissue to improve the balance between your teeth and gum line, giving you a more symmetrical smile.
- Uneven or Crooked Teeth – Sometimes your teeth may appear to be crooked or uneven, but there’s nothing wrong with your teeth. They’re actually even, or straight. It’s your gum line that’s uneven. Reshaping your gums around certain teeth can even out your gum line to correct this “illusion”.
- Small Teeth – When your gums cover a large portion of your teeth, this may make your front teeth look relatively small, or short. We can slightly lower your gum line to make your teeth appear larger, so that there’s a better balance in size between your teeth and gums.
- Misshapen Teeth – This occurs when your uneven gum line makes one or more of your teeth appear odd-shaped compared to your other teeth. Once again, we can adjust your gum, so to correct any teeth that appear misshaped compared to your other teeth.
- Severe Gum Recession – When your gums are healthy, they cover the root of your tooth and help keep the tooth firmly in place. But when gums recede, usually because of advanced gum disease, they pull away from your teeth. This is called gum recession. And in severe cases, this recession creates pockets between your teeth and gums, where bacteria and plaque from food particles are trapped, making your tooth more susceptible to tooth decay, and cavities, as well as possible jawbone deterioration and tooth loss. More severe gum recession is usually a sign of gum disease, which can also affect your overall health. When you have more extreme gum recession, contouring the receded gums can help save the health of your gums, help correct gum disease, and save your teeth. In this case, you could say that gum contouring is good for your health, not just the look of your smile.
So, how does the gum contouring procedure work?
In most cases, we perform gum contouring using a non-invasive soft tissue laser to gently adjust your gum line to the desired shape. Gum tissue is vaporized and sealed gently with no cutting, bleeding, or sutures. And the procedure is generally completed in only one appointment.
Whether you require gum contouring for cosmetic or health reasons, we’ll work with you to determine a treatment plan for your gums. After we’ve examined your gums, and teeth, and reviewed your oral health, if gum contouring is a good option for you, that meets your dental needs, we’ll go over the procedure with you and answer any questions.
If you’d like to learn how gum contouring can cosmetically enhance your smile, or help with gum recession, please schedule a gum contouring consultation with us – give us a call at (206) 242-0066 to make an appointment, or request a consult online.