Getting rid of a "gummy" smile - Oral Health Section by Dr. Glenda Payas of Tulsa, Oklahoma

A "gummy" smile can make your teeth appear too small or uneven. 

This can be caused by a number of factors, including gum irritation, past orthodontic treatment, or other periodontal issues. 

If you are uncomfortable when you smile due to an excessive or asymmetrical gumline, you can reshape your smile with gingival smile contouring (sometimes referred to as a gum lift, or cosmetic crown lengthening). 

Using advanced laser dentistry , a specialist can recontour your gum tissue with minimal discomfort, often producing striking improvements in just one session, and the scalpel-free laser gum treatment minimizes bleeding and speeds healing over traditional methods. 

By eliminating excess gum tissue and reshaping your gumline, you can lengthen the appearance of your teeth and "frame" them properly. 

Gingival contouring is often done in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, including a full smile makeover or placement of porcelain veneers or crowns .  In this way, the gums can enhance the end result, helping to create a beautifully revamped smile.


Source: Dr. Glenda Payas D.M.D., M.A.G.D., P.L.L.C .

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