Most people don’t give their gums a second thought, but for others, an uneven gumline means feeling self-conscious every time they smile or laugh. If you fall into the latter camp and your gums appear too high, too low, or uneven, laser gum reshaping can permanently transform your smile.
At Dental Studios, with offices in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey, our expert team of general and cosmetic dentists understands the impact of a beautiful smile on your personal and professional life. Even if it’s not medically necessary for your oral health, laser gum reshaping may be an ideal solution for boosting your self-confidence.
Why get laser gum reshaping?
Laser gum reshaping is a relatively simple treatment that can improve the aesthetics of your smile. This is not unlike the reason patients undergo cosmetic dentistry, including getting veneers, teeth whitening, or even wearing clear orthodontic aligners to straighten your teeth.
In addition to an aesthetic improvement, your oral health may benefit from laser gum reshaping.
Laser gum reshaping 101
To help you decide if this treatment is right for you, it’s beneficial to understand what happens during laser gum reshaping. Also known as gum contouring, this in-office dental procedure sculpts your gumline so it appears more symmetrical around your teeth.
During a procedure to correct a “gummy” smile, your dentist uses a laser to gently remove and reshape any excess gum tissue to expose more of your tooth enamel. We use lasers as a way to create more shapely gums without noisy, invasive surgical dental treatments. This is an added bonus if you have dental chair jitters.
The laser recontours your gum tissue to create an even look. Reshaping your gums with a laser is minimally invasive, there is typically less bleeding because the laser seals the tissue, and the results are permanent.
Candidates for laser gum reshaping
Some people have a naturally gummy smile, or too much gum tissue covering their teeth. Others have a recessive gumline as a result of periodontal disease.
You may be a candidate for a laser gum reshaping procedure if you’re in good overall health, and your oral health is in good standing, but genetics bestowed you with too much gum tissue. If your teeth look small when you smile, and you want them to appear more uniform and in proportion, laser gum contouring is a great solution.
You may also benefit from this treatment if your dentist discovers significant gum decay or gum pockets between your teeth as a result of periodontal disease. Gum reshaping removes these pockets where bacteria like to hide and seals the gum tissue. This helps improve your oral health and can prevent more extensive dental problems.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your gums every time you smile, the Dental Studios team can help. Schedule a consultation today to get the smile you’ve always dreamed of. Call the office that’s convenient to you, or request the next available appointment online.