When it comes to your smile, there’s no doubt that your teeth are the stars of the show. But your gums are an essential supporting cast (and we mean literally supporting!). Without healthy and attractive gums, your smile may not appear attractive, even if your teeth are otherwise in good shape.
Your gums are essential for establishing the smile line of your teeth and for creating a proper sense of proportion in your smile. If they’re deficient in either of these areas, gum recontouring can help.
How a Straight Smile Can Look Crooked
You may be happy that you have straight teeth–and rightfully so. Straight teeth are essential to an attractive smile, but sometimes even straight teeth can actually look crooked.
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That’s because the perception of a smile is related to several visual lines, including the lines made by the tops of your teeth and by the margin where your teeth meet your gums. Ideally, this margin should make up a smoothly curved, slightly scalloped line.
But if the line between your teeth and gums is irregular, it can make it appear as if your teeth aren’t actually straight. Visually, the line of your smile will rise and fall with the line of your gums.
Gummy Smiles Look out of Balance
Another cosmetic problem people sometimes have with their gums is that they have an excess of gum tissue. Your smile should be a balance between your teeth and your gums. If your teeth are too long, it can give your smile a toothy appearance. On the other hand, if you have too much gum tissue, it can make your smile look “gummy.”
For many people, gum recontouring can correct a gummy smile and reestablish balance between the teeth and gums.
Benefits of Laser Gum Recontouring
In the past, gum recontouring was not a pleasant experience. It was done with a scalpel, which could be uncomfortable, and, well, cringe-inducing.
But with laser gum recontouring, there is little discomfort, little in the way of bleeding, and healing is much faster. Plus, the procedure is over much more quickly–it won’t take long at all.
Perhaps best, is that the laser is a precise tool, which means that you’ll get the results that you desire, not a slip-up.
Is Gum Recontouring the Right Choice?
Gum recontouring is a great procedure for many people, but it’s not always the best choice for everyone. For example, many people with a gummy smile have an excess of gum tissue. But other people have teeth that are naturally short or that have been worn down. In that case, gum recontouring isn’t the right choice–we would need to build teeth up with porcelain veneers or dental crowns.