June 30, 2022
Do you look in the mirror and wish your teeth were longer? Since cosmetic dentistry is often centered around the size, shape, and color of your teeth, it’s not unusual to think that’s where the problem lies. In reality, it may be your gums! “Gummy” smiles can make your smile appear unbalanced and improperly sized. The good news is that there is a solution: gum recontouring. To learn all about this smile-enhancing treatment, read on.
First, What Is Gum Recontouring?
If excess gum tissue is causing your smile to look uneven, then your cosmetic dentist may recommend gum recontouring. But what does this treatment involve? In short, it allows your dental team to carefully and meticulously remove tissue from along the gum line, revealing a fuller, more balanced smile in the process.
Who Is a Candidate for Gum Recontouring?
If you are unhappy with your “gummy” smile, then there is a good chance that you’re a candidate. Of course, the best way to find out is by scheduling an initial consultation. Once your cosmetic dentist has confirmed that your gums are healthy and that no oral health concerns (like cavities) are present, they will put together a custom treatment plan. Note: if you have gum disease, tooth decay, or the like, it’s of the utmost importance that your oral health is restored first. Neglecting to do so can result in complications, like gum recession. Treating oral health concerns beforehand will ensure that you have a healthy foundation for your beautiful new smile.
What’s the Next Best Step?
Scheduling a consultation with your cosmetic dentist! After all, that’s the quickest and most effective way to find out if gum recontouring is the right smile-enhancing treatment for you. If it is, your dentist can review the process in-depth, provide you with a cost estimate, discuss the aftercare instructions, and answer any questions you have along the way. Before you know it, you’ll be a step closer to the beautiful, balanced smile you’ve been dreaming of.
About the Author
A California native, Dr. Sienna Palmer chose to pursue her dental doctorate at the Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California (Go Trojans!). Throughout her career, she has prioritized continuing education. As a result, she is Invisalign certified, has completed advanced training in CAD/CAM technology, and has completed several courses through the Academy of General Dentistry. She would love to bring your dream smile to life, so don’t hesitate to visit her website or give her a call at (949) 365-0951 if you’re interested in gum recontouring.
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