Your teeth are just one element of an attractive smile. In order to have a truly attractive smile, you have to take care of your gums, too. If your gums are unhealthy, uneven, or overgrown, they can make your smile unattractive. Gum recontouring can help if you have healthy gums that make your smile look crooked or imbalanced–too gummy.
Laser gum recontouring is a quick and easy procedure that can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. To learn how it can help with your smile makeover in Valdosta, GA, please call (229) 242-5511 or email for an appointment with cosmetic dentist Dr. Nelson Clements.
The Role of Gums in an Attractive Smile
Although your teeth are undoubtedly the star when it comes to the appearance of your smile, your gums play a vital supporting role–quite literally. Your gums help your smile look attractive by:
- Fostering an appearance of health
- Providing an essential color contrast
- Helping to establish smile lines
- Establishing proper proportions for teeth
If your gums aren’t doing all these things, then the appearance of your smile will suffer.
Are Your Gums Healthy?
Before we consider gum recontouring, we have to determine whether your gums are healthy. Unhealthy gums are unattractive gums. The color is off–they will look red and inflamed, an appearance that people will immediately identify as unhealthy. They may even bleed spontaneously. Your gums may also become swollen, distorting their proper proportions and lines, which might be the reason why you think you need gum recontouring.
And the consequences of unhealthy gums can be even more damaging. If your gums are unhealthy, your teeth can become loose and may drift, causing them to become crooked, crowded, or rotated. You may even lose teeth.
If your gums are unhealthy, we will recommend gum disease treatment before we do gum recontouring.
An Even Smile Line
Your smile is defined by a number of important lines, such as the lines created by your lips, the lines created by the place where your teeth meet, and the lines created by the edges where your teeth meet your gums. All of these lines have to have a good relationship in order to create a beautiful smile.
If the line of your gums doesn’t match up with the other lines in your smile, it can cause your smile to look unattractive, unhealthy, or crooked. Gum recontouring helps with this by evening out the line of your smile. The line of your gums can be made to match up with the other lines. We can even out places where your gums are overgrown to eliminate the illusion that you have receding gums, your teeth are crooked, or that some of them are too small while others are too large.
Your smile should be a good balance between your teeth and gums. If your gums are overgrown, it can make it look like your teeth are small or badly worn–which can make you look older.
Gum recontouring can remove excess gum tissue, restoring a balance to your smile.
However, if your teeth are actually small, we might instead recommend that you lengthen them with porcelain veneers instead of recontouring your gums.
Benefits of Laser Gum Recontouring
Some people may be reluctant to get gum recontouring because they are concerned about having such a sensitive area worked on. But laser recontouring is different from other gum procedures you might have had or seen in the past.
With laser recontouring, there is little discomfort, little bleeding, and the procedure can be accomplished very quickly. Healing is fast, and there’s no lingering discomfort. Plus the laser is a precise tool, allowing Dr. Clements to get the precise contour you are looking for.