Gum Contouring For a Bigger, Brighter Smile

No one should feel self-conscious about their smile. If you’re looking for a way to brighten your smile, consider gum contouring. If you feel that you have short teeth or you just want a bigger smile, gum contouring is worth looking into.


What is Gum contouring?

Gum contouring is usually done in the dentist or periodontist’s office, and is more of a cosmetic procedure—it is rarely needed for medical reasons. Dentists use scalpels, lasers, and radiosurgery to reshape the line of your gums. They will sometimes need to remove bone as well to fix your “gummy” smile.


Using lasers to reduce your gum line is a fairly recent and highly effect procedure. It’s less painful and has a faster recovery time than the scalpel method. Consult with your Brantford dentist about which method is best for you.



Who Needs It?

Even if your teeth are straight, even, and white, your smile might be diminished by an uneven gum line or gums that extend too low over your teeth. If you want to lengthen your teeth and make your smile less gummy, gum contouring is one way to achieve the desired effect.


Gum contouring can also lengthen receding gums. If you are worried about gum loss, your dentist can graft skin onto your receding gum line. If your gums are pulling back from your teeth, you have a higher risk of contracting gum diseases like periodontitis or gingivitis.


If you have had other cosmetic dental work done (such as a crown or implant), adjusting your gum line can make your teeth look more natural. If you’re looking into getting some work done on your teeth, consider looking into gum contouring as well.


In the end, gum contouring is for anyone who wants their teeth to be the focus of their smile (as opposed to their gums) and improve their oral health.



Recovery Process

Whether your dentist uses a scalpel or laser technology, there will be a recovery process. Follow your dentist’s instructions for proper care of your teeth and new gums.


You’ll need to be extremely careful when brushing your teeth for the first few days. You should also temporarily avoid eating anything acidic or any foods that have seeds. In fact, it’s best to stick with softer foods like yogurt, applesauce, pasta, cottage cheese, etc., just like after you get your tonsils or wisdom teeth out.


Consult your dentist about any pain medications to help with swelling and tenderness.


If you have any further questions or want to set up a gum contouring appointment with one of our dentists in Brantford, give our group of practices a call. We’ll be happy to help!


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