Everyone wants a million-dollar smile. Unfortunately, we are all blessed. Sparkling white teeth are just part of what makes a smile beautiful and nice to look at. Those who are conscious of their smiles know all too well that the shape of the teeth is also important. If your teeth look small and stubby, or if your you have a gummy smile, gum contouring may just be the right procedure for you.
A gummy smile is a very subjective term for someone whose smile shows too much of the gums because the gum tissue extends well over the enamel. While not universally considered as unpleasant, those with gummy smiles are often self-conscious and tend to smile less, even if they have no other dental problems.
The extent of how “gummy” your smile is dependent on four factors, namely:
- How much gum tissue is displayed
- The size and shape of your teeth
- The length of your upper lip, as well as how often it moves
- The vertical position of your upper jaw and teeth, relative to its position in your skull
By removing some of the gum tissue, periodontists or dentists can help expose more of the enamel of the teeth. This procedure can then make the teeth look longer, your gums shorter and you less conscious of your gummy smile.
The procedure is usually pain-free and dentists will only need to use a local anesthetic. Soreness is to be expected after the procedure, but since the gums heal very quickly, they don’t really pose that much of a problem.
There are also certain cases where along with the excess gum tissue, some bone may also have to be removed. This requires extensive anesthesia and the healing time is also much longer. You can also ask your dentist to use a laser, which is a more modern method that helps minimize the risk of infection, as well as bleeding and a drastically shortened recovery time. Your dentist will examine your mouth in order to determine how much of your gums are showing and if there are any other possible causes as to why it occurred.
Once the cause has been determined, your dentist will give you a list of possible treatment options, including:
- Same-day laser treatments
- Surgical lip re positioning
- The use of braces to help move teeth to more ideal positions
- Gum contouring
- Re-positioning of the bones via maxillofacial surgery
Of the five, the most common would be laser treatments and gum contouring. They are both the most effective. However, if your dental specialist may recommend any one of the three other treatment options mentioned above.
If you would like to learn more about gum contouring options, contact Kemmet Dental Design at 701-872-4789 or visit www.kemmetdental.com for additional information.
Kemmet Dental Design proudly serves Minot and all surrounding areas.