If you suffer from a “gummy smile,” your teeth may look small or misaligned. Well-contoured gums make your teeth look straight and aesthetically pleasing. If your teeth appear too short because of excessive gum tissue, laser gum recontouring may be the right procedure for you.
At Softouch Dental Care in Oakton, Virginia, you do not have to live with an unattractive, gummy smile. Our knowledgeable team is devoted to oral health and aesthetically-pleasing results. For more information about a gum lift, crown lengthening and other procedures, please call us at 703-319-6990 to schedule an initial cosmetic consultation.
Laser Gum Recontouring Procedure
Gum recontouring removes your excessive gum tissue to expose more of your tooth and create an even gum line and attractive smile. This procedure uses a gingivectomy, which is the removal of excessive gums, and possibly a gingivoplasty, which thins and reshapes the outer surface of your gums. A gingivoplasty is used when your excessive gum tissue is removed, but your gums still look bulky and thick.
Gum recontouring is performed with a dental laser, which is painless and does not use sutures. In several weeks, your gum tissue will heal on its own, leaving you with an attractive smile.
If your teeth still appear small after your excessive gum tissue is removed, a crown lengthening procedure may be performed. This treatment involves the removal of underlying bone, which lengthens the appearance of your teeth and prepares them for the placement of dental crowns or porcelain veneers.
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
A “gummy smile” may be the result of several factors, including:
- Short upper lips, which creates the appearance of short teeth.
- Jaw grinding (called bruxism) while you are sleeping.
- A long upper jaw bone, which can make your gums seem larger or longer than normal.
- A high lip line, which can be corrected by surgery to limit the movement of your upper lip (which is responsible for your gummy smile).
Types of Gummy Smiles
There are different types of gummy smiles. Single teeth, groups of teeth or your entire smile may be impacted by excessive gum tissue. You may be unhappy with the amount of gum tissue displayed above your front teeth or side teeth when you smile.
Our dentist will carefully plan your laser gum recontouring procedure, taking into consideration the shape, position and color of your teeth. During your initial consultation, Dr. Michael Chung will examine your mouth and recommend the best treatment for your situation and cosmetic dental goals.
If you would like to learn more about cosmetic dentistry for gummy smiles, please contact Softouch Dental Care by calling 703-319-6990 to arrange your initial cosmetic dentistry consultation with Dr. Chung. Softouch Dental Care serves patients in Burke, Alexandria, Arlington, Oakton, Chantilly, Tysons Corner, Reston, Fairfax and the Northern Virginia area.