Some people show a significant amount of their gums when they smile. Some are even unable to close their mouth completely. There are different reasons for this situation: short lips, long maxillary alveolar bone (the bone that harbors the roots of your upper teeth), gum disease, misaligned and protruded teeth, and any disproportion of hard and soft tissues in this area.
If you have too much or uneven gums, you can recontour your gumline to create a more natural and even smile line.
Although gum recontouring is commonly used with the placement of porcelain veneers, crowns and bridges, it is also done alone in many cases.
When do you need Gum Recontouring?
Having a gummy smile, which is when the gum line extends too low and covers too much of the teeth
If the gum contour is not in line with the shape of the teeth
When gum tissue overwhelms the teeth and becomes too noticeable
If the gum line is not symmetrical, or is lower or higher on a single tooth, bringing undesirable attention to the gum line
If periodontal disease, trauma or genetics have caused the gums to appear chronically swollen or red
Benefits of Laser Gum Recontouring
They are quick, efficient and painless
They seal additional gum tissue
Bleeding is minimal
Minimizes the risk of infection because they kill bacteria while resealing gum tissue