Not happy with your gummy smile? While a gummy smile doesn’t negatively impact your oral health, it can make you self-conscious about your smile.
Our team here at Chelsea Dental Aesthetics understands the importance of having a healthy 一 and beautiful 一 smile. That’s why Dr. David Blaustein offers gum contouring in our New York City office.
Gum contouring can help you enjoy a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile, but before you commit to this cosmetic procedure, you might wonder how long your results will last.
Understanding gum contouring
Gum contouring is a dental procedure to remove excess gum tissue or reshape existing tissue using highly precise dental lasers. It's often used to correct the appearance of a gummy smile, when excessive gum tissue obscures a significant portion of your teeth.
Gum contouring can also help correct an asymmetrical gumline or be part of a larger smile makeover plan that includes:
- Invisalign® treatment
- Tooth bonding
- Professional in-office tooth whitening
Gum contouring is a relatively straightforward process. Dr. Blaustein uses a specialized laser to shape your gums and trim away excess tissue. The laser allows for greater precision and quicker healing.
Immediate results and quick recovery
You can expect to see immediate results in your smile as soon as Dr. Blaustein removes the excess gum tissue and reshapes the gums.
The minimally invasive procedure typically requires only local anesthesia, so you can often resume your daily activities shortly afterward. You may feel a little sore as your numbing medication wears off, but that’s normal and short-lived.
Over-the-counter pain relief medication is often all that’s required to eliminate any discomfort.
Is gum contouring permanent?
Yes! Because Dr. Blaustein also contours the bone under the gums, your gums won’t grow back.
That said, your gums can change over time due to natural factors like aging and gum recession. Gum recession, when gum tissue gradually pulls away from the teeth, can expose more of the tooth's root and potentially alter the results of the contouring procedure.
You can reduce your risk of gum recession by avoiding gum disease.
Taking care of your gums
To maintain the results of gum contouring, diligent oral care is crucial. Brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups help preserve your improved gumline and overall oral health.
If gum recession occurs, Dr. Blaustein can recommend further treatments to maintain the aesthetic outcome of your gum contouring procedure.
Get the smile of your dreams … today!
Your smile can play a role in your self-confidence, and with the right care, gum contouring can be a valuable step on your journey to a more radiant smile.
To learn more, call our office in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan at 917-200-0219 or request your appointment online today.