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Thanks to gum lift treatment delivered with care by the friendly dentists at our Lane Cove dental practice, we now have the ability to sculpt and re-contour your gum line to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

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Have you noticed you show too much gum tissue whenever you smile or talk?

This is quite a common condition called a gummy smile and it is quite easy to correct. Often the teeth underneath will be the correct length, but are simply covered up by your gums. Our dentist here at Apple Dental can carefully assess your smile and will remove excess gum tissue, gently shaping your gums to create a more visually appealing appearance.

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Are you embarrassed to smile because of an imbalance between your teeth and gums? Do you lack self-confidence thanks to a ‘gummy smile’? If so, our friendly team of dentists at our dental practice in Lane Cove may have the answer!

We have the experience and ability to use the latest laser dentistry to greatly improve the contours and profile of your gum tissues with a gum lifts procedure. By treating any gum irregularities, we can achieve an enhanced aesthetic result for cosmetic dental treatments such as dental veneers, dental crowns and dental bridges.

If you’re currently living with a gummy smile, your condition may be the result of a range of factors, including the size and shape of your lips, the condition of your facial muscles, the shape and size of your teeth, or an excess of gum tissue.

Whether you currently have an excess of gum tissue, or simply wish to enjoy a more balanced, proportionate smile, gum lifts treatment from Apple Dental Lane Cove could be the idea cosmetic dental treatment for your needs. With this minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, we now have a highly effective means of enhancing your entire facial appearance.

How does it work?

With the introduction of our dental laser, this relatively new procedure is now easier than ever. If you have a gummy smile or uneven gum line, we can use our dental laser to trim away unwanted gum tissue, to expose more of your natural teeth and give you more balanced, tooth-dominant smile.

This simple treatment is an excellent option for improving or enhancing your smile with very little or no discomfort during or after the procedure. By addressing the smallest of details, we can offer perfect gum tissues to ‘frame’ your teeth.

Thanks to gum lift treatment delivered with care by the friendly dentists at our Lane Cove dental practice, we now have the ability to sculpt and re-contour your gum line to give you the smile you’ve always dreamed of.

What happens if my gummy smile is due to something different?

A gummy smile may be caused by an excess of gum tissue covering up your front teeth, but this isn’t always the reason. Sometimes a gummy smile is due to an overactive facial muscle in your upper lip. Whenever you smile or talk, the muscle contracts too much, exposing an excess of gum tissue. A very gentle and non-invasive way to correct this type of gummy smile is to use muscle relaxing injections. These allow your upper lip muscle to relax, so you no longer look gummy. We prefer to take a ‘less is more’ approach with facial injectables, as our dentist will only use minuscule amounts of high quality muscle relaxing injections to create a natural effect.

If you would like further information about gum lifts and dental lasers, please contact our friendly dental team on (02) 9420 5050, or visit us at 1 Finlayson St Lane Cove NSW 2066.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

What is Gum Reshaping?

Gum reshaping is a cosmetic dental technique to carefully re-contour the appearance of your gums so they nicely frame your teeth and will enhance your appearance. Ideally, you should only show a small amount of gum tissue when you smile or talk, but some people will show an excess of gum. This is called a ‘gummy smile’ and is frequently due to teeth being covered up with too much gum tissue. The teeth underneath may be exactly the right length and just need to be uncovered to reveal their natural shape and size. It might only be necessary to reshape the gums around one or two teeth, or if needed we can recontour all teeth that are visible when smiling.

Treating a Gummy Smile with Laser Dentistry

If you have a gummy smile, our dentist will gently examine your mouth to determine the reason and to see if recontouring your gums is the most appropriate treatment. Gum reshaping is precisely planned so we will only remove as much tissue as needed to cosmetically improve your smile. Treatment is provided using a dental laser to carefully remove only excess tissue, creating a more balanced appearance. Laser dentistry is a more comfortable form of treatment as it is extremely precise, so healing is faster and any side-effects are minimal.

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Treating a Gummy Smile with Facial Injectables

Sometimes a gummy smile is due to an overactive muscle in the upper lip which is called the Levator Labii Superioris Alaequi Nasi muscle. This muscle pulls the lip upwards, exposing too much gum. Minute amounts of high-quality facial injectables are carefully administered to reduce the activity of this muscle so you will show precisely the right amount of gum tissue when talking and smiling.

Frequently asked questions

When people show excessive gum when they smile, this condition is known as a ‘gummy smile’. A very common issue, a ‘gummy smile’ can be caused by how the gum has formed, or could be caused by gum disease.

Your Apple Dental dentist uses a special laser to re-contour the uneven or excessive gum above your teeth quickly and painlessly. Your gums will heal within just a few days, leaving a much more attractive smile with a natural-looking balance between teeth and gums.

We can usually carry out your gum lift procedure in just one visit, and for many of our patients, the healing process is in most cases very quick. In around 12 weeks, your gums will have reached their final desired position, and you can enjoy a more balanced, even smile once more!

Your gum lift procedure can be performed in conjunction with other cosmetic dental procedures, such as porcelain veneers, crowns or smile makeovers. We can also lengthen short teeth very successfully with a procedure called crown lengthening, which improves the look of your smile and can help with the appearance and retention of your other dental restorations.

No. The Apple Dental team will carry out your gum lift treatment painlessly, with the help of local anaesthetic to ensure your absolute comfort. In just a few days, your gums will be healed and you will be on the right path towards displaying your beautiful new smile to the world.