You should have a smile that you makes you feel proud and confident. If your smile makes you feel self-conscious, it could make you feel less confident in your daily life. The appearance goes beyond the appearance of your teeth; the shape and size of your gums can make a big difference to your smile’s appearance. Your gums frame for your teeth, which means that gums that are asymmetrical, too long, or too short can affect the way your teeth look. If the size or shape of your gums make you feel insecure, gum contouring may be a way to address it. Gum contouring can change the shape of your gums to restore your confidence in your smile.
The Use of Laser Technology
Traditionally, gum contouring involved the use of a scalpel to remove excess gum tissue. The area would then need to be repaired with sutures, and there would be some healing time. With advanced soft-tissue laser technology, gum contouring does not involve the use of a scalpel or sutures. Gum contouring done with lasers allows for a minimal invasive procedure and a more comfortable recovery. The use of a laser typically does not cause the gums to bleed, which eliminates the need for sutures to repair the area. Laser technology is precise, so that the size and shape of your gums can be accurately assessed and achieved.
Improved Gum Health
Excessive gum tissue can be at a greater risk for gum disease because larger gums create a larger surface for the buildup of plaque, tartar, and bacteria. Harmful microbes hiding along and beneath your gum tissue can cause inflammation, irritation, and infection. Advanced gum disease can also leave you at an increased risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and more. If the reason you want to change your gums is because they are disproportionately larger than your teeth, contouring them could help both the appearance and health of your smile.
Gum contouring can help you change your smile
Dr. Young can help you determine if gum contouring is right for you and your smile. We proudly help patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453.