Did you know that, according to the New York Post, receding gums come in third in terms of dental insecurity? If you have receding gums, you might be self-conscious about your smile. You might avoid smiling or laughing in public. However, there’s no need to feel embarrassed. Gum recontouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help restore your confidence by altering the gum line as needed.
Treat Gum Hyperpigmentation
Gum recontouring can treat gingival hyperpigmentation (excess pigmentation in the gums). This issue may result from the use of certain medications, such as tetracycline antibiotics. If your gums are discolored, you might feel self-conscious about your smile.
Help Eliminate Gaps Between Teeth
If you don’t like having small gaps between your teeth, this cosmetic procedure is the first step to correcting it. The contouring is often combined with bonding or veneers.
Easier To Place Crowns or Veneers
If you’re considering getting crowns or veneers, your dentist may recommend that you have gum recontouring first. The procedure creates a more visible tooth surface on which to place the crown or veneer.
Make Teeth Look Longer
Do your teeth appear to be tiny? If your gums are too high, they can make your teeth look shorter than they are. By reducing the amount of gum tissue, your dentist can make your teeth look longer.
Improve Smile Symmetry
If your gums are uneven, it can affect the symmetry of your smile. Gum recontouring can even out your gum line, making your smile more symmetrical.
Reduce “Gummy” Smiles
If you have a “gummy” smile, it means that too much of your gum tissue is showing when you smile. Genetics or certain medications may cause a gummy smile. Gum recontouring reduces the amount of gum tissue showing, giving you a more balanced and proportionate smile.
What to Expect During Gum Recontouring
Gum recontouring is usually performed using a laser. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the treatment area. Then a laser removes excess gum tissue and sculpts the gums to the desired shape. It’s usually quick and easy, and you can expect to see results immediately.
If you’re unhappy with your smile because of your gums, gum recontouring may be the right cosmetic dentistry procedure for you to improve your smile and your dental care. This simple and effective treatment can give you the confidence you need to show off your smile with pride.