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.
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.