Gum Reshaping: Strike The Right Smile Balance [BLOG]

  • May 21, 2017

When you think about cosmetic dentistry, you probably imagine all sorts of extensive, complicated procedures that drag on through several appointments and long recovery periods. But you’d be mistaken!

Advanced dental technology has completely changed the game of smile beautification options in recent years. There are all kinds of ways to enhance and improve the appearance of your smile that are faster, simpler, and more cost effective than ever before.

You might also be surprised to find out that not all cosmetic dental procedures involve changing your teeth at all. For some reason, we don’t really think about the role our gums play in how our smile looks.

Maybe it’s because we assume your gums can’t really be changed the way teeth can, at least in terms of cosmetic treatments. You can reshape, cover up, straighten, and even replace your teeth. But you can’t do anything like that to your gums.

Or can you? Actually, at Amber Dental, you can! We offer something called gum reshaping in our Sterling Heights, MI dental office. This is another term for what’s commonly referred to as a gummy smile treatment. When you smile, you want their to be an aesthetically pleasing balance between how much teeth and gums are showing. Call our office and schedule an appointment to find out if gum reshaping is right for you!

What Is Gum Reshaping?

A gummy smile is one where enough of your gums are covering your teeth that they make your teeth appear smaller than they actually are. Consequently, you see much more of your gums than teeth when you smile, and this makes it look visually out of balance.

It doesn’t necessarily mean you have too much gum tissue, though. You could actually have small teeth or perhaps your upper lip is short. Either way, a simple treatment can easily correct it.

Gum reshaping balances your smile by removing excess gum tissue, exposing more of your teeth and making them look more normally sized. It gives your gumline a nice, even look, as well.

At Amber Dental, we use cutting-edge laser technology, which allows us to provide gum reshaping therapy that’s simple and painless. There’s no cutting or stitching involved, which also means recovery time is lessened significantly.

What Are The Benefits Of Gum Reshaping?

The most obvious benefit of gum reshaping is cosmetic. You can radically improve the appearance of your smile with this treatment alone. Creating a balance between your gums and teeth can do wonders for beautifying your smile.

It also opens the door for further cosmetic procedures to get your smile where you want it to be because some treatments require enough tooth to work with. By exposing more of your natural teeth, we are able to use gum reshaping along with other cosmetic treatments or as part of a comprehensive smile makeover or full-mouth reconstruction.

Gum reshaping can also improve your oral health, and ultimately, your overall health. Gum disease, for example, has been scientifically linked to all kinds of health issues like diabetes, stroke, and heart disease, just to name a few. When you have more proportioned gums and teeth, it can help make your oral hygiene routine a lot easier to maintain. Having an attractive smile starts with a healthy smile, so anything that can help your smile stay healthy is something to think about.

If this sounds like something that might work for you but you’re apprehensive because you think it might be painful or a little scary, we encourage you to talk to us about your concerns. Amber Dental puts your comfort first, so if you struggle with dental anxiety, we have a sedation option reserved for patients who need help relaxing while they receive treatment.

Dental anxiety is very common, affecting millions of Americans, so we have a great deal of experience helping patients overcome their fears. It allows you the courage to maintain those routine dental checkups twice a year and also to pursue opportunities, such as gum reshaping therapy, to help you achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.

To find out if this is right for you, give us a call TODAY at 586-739-1111 or fill out our online form.