- April 5, 2017
Not every cosmetic dental procedure requires extensive treatment or multiple appointments. Some treatments used to improve the appearance of your smile are much faster and easier than you might think.
Sometimes all it takes is a simple teeth whitening treatment at the dentist’s office to take years off of your appearance and to beautify your smile. It might also surprise you that there are ways to transform your smile without directly involving changes to your actual teeth.
In other words, cosmetic dentistry can be so much more than what’s going on with your teeth. It can also be about your gums. If you think you see too much gum and not enough tooth when you smile, you don’t have to just accept that those are the gums you were born with and that there’s nothing you can do about them.
At the LANAP & Implant Center, we offer gum reshaping therapy as one of our simple, effective cosmetic dental procedures that can change the way you feel about your smile. Also known as gum contouring or crown lengthening, gum reshaping is a cosmetic procedure that gently removes excess gum tissue that might be covering your teeth.
Gum Reshaping: What Is It & How Can It Beautify Your Smile?
If you’re unhappy with your smile, that doesn’t mean there’s something wrong with your teeth, specifically. You might have nicely aligned, straight teeth, for example, yet something about your smile isn’t quite right. It could be because your gums cover too much of your teeth, making them appear too short and out of proportion. This is often referred to as a ‘gummy’ smile.
It might also mean you have a short upper lip or that your teeth are actually a bit too small. The reasons for this could be genetics, use of certain prescription medications, or even other health problems. Regardless, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to correct it.
Because of our advanced technology at The LANAP & Implant Center, our highly trained specialists use laser therapy to remove or shape gum tissue quickly and efficiently to help give your smile a more aesthetically pleasing, balanced look.
Are There Other Benefits Of Gum Reshaping Therapy?
Yes! Aside from the most obvious benefit of smile beautification, gum reshaping is multifaceted enough to be an effective stand alone cosmetic procedure or in conjunction with other procedures for things like a full-mouth reconstruction or a smile makeover, for example. On it’s own, gum reshaping is certainly enough to improve the appearance of your smile dramatically. But using it as a way to expose more of your tooth to make other cosmetic procedures possible makes it a popular and versatile treatment option.
Along with an attractive smile, gum reshaping can help improve your overall periodontal health.
When your teeth and gums are properly proportioned, it can make better oral hygiene easier to maintain. We’ve talked a great deal in our blogs about the important relationship between your oral and overall health, so anything that our team of experts can do to ensure improved health to our patients is a win for us and, of course, for you!
Another benefit we should mention is the boost of self-confidence this simple procedure can give you. Even if people can’t quite pinpoint if you had work done or what type of dental work you’ve had done, they’ll notice not only your attractive smile but the positive change in how you carry yourself and face the world. You will feel much more confident knowing how good your smile looks!
If any of this sounds like something you’re not sure you could handle because you have dental anxiety, we assure you that’s an easy fix. At our offices, we go out of our way to help ease your fears and calm your nerves during your visit, regardless of the type of treatment you receive. If you have concerns about any aspect of treatment, we encourage you to ask about our sedation and comfort options at the LANAP & Implant Center. We will do all we can to help you feel comfortable.