A gummy smile isn’t as common as other cosmetic smile issues, such as stained or chipped teeth. However, it occurs often enough that there’s a specific cosmetic treatment designed to address it and help you enjoy the straighter, more symmetrical, and more attractive smile you deserve. If your gums are uneven, we can help you determine the cause of it with a comprehensive exam, and if cosmetic gum contouring is the right solution to improving them.

The point of cosmetic gum contouring

Having a gummy smile can be embarrassing, depending largely on how severe the asymmetry is. Whether or not you’re embarrassed by it, though, the impact of a gummy does affect your smile’s appearance and the appearance of your teeth. For example, some teeth might seem too small because more of their structures are covered by gum tissues than other teeth. Yet, they’re the same size, and are flush with the rest of your smile. The point of cosmetic gum contouring is to gently and strategically trim the excess gum tissues to even out your gum line, straightening it and improving its impact on your smile’s appearance.

What to expect from gum contouring treatment

Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental treatment, but given the delicate nature of trimming your soft gum tissues, it requires minor oral surgery to complete. To help ensure that your procedure remains minimally invasive, we utilize advanced techniques and, when necessary, the help of customized dental sedation. Gum contouring can usually be completed quickly, and because of the conservative nature of our treatment designs, the healing process is comfortable and convenient. Depending on your smile’s specific needs, gum contouring may be part of a larger smile makeover plan, and can help ensure the optimal results of your smile improvement.

How cosmetic treatment improves your oral health

When you straighten out your gum line, the rest of your smile benefits from the more symmetrical appearance. However, your oral and gum also benefit in several ways, most importantly, by making it easier to keep your gums clean and free of disease-causing oral bacteria. Gum disease forms when oral bacteria accumulate on the surface of your teeth roots. When your gums are uneven, it can be easier for oral bacteria to work their way underneath them and lead to the development of gum disease. With straighter gums, you can more easily prevent this with an excellent hygiene routine and regular preventive dental care.

Find out if you’re a candidate for gum contouring

If you have a gummy smile, then cosmetic gum contouring can help you even it out, as well as improve its long-term health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, today at (575) 534-3699.