If teeth stains are your smile’s biggest cosmetic concern, then improving it could be as simple as undergoing customized teeth-whitening treatment. In fact, you have a variety of options for addressing virtually cosmetic blemish that affects your teeth. However, for many people, their teeth aren’t the biggest factor or concern with their smile – they’re gums are. Excessive and/or uneven gum tissues can create an asymmetrical appearance for your smile, regardless of how straight and healthy your teeth are. At our Lafayette, LA, dental office, we can correct your gummy smile with custom-designed cosmetic gum contouring – the process of carefully sculpting minimal amounts of gum tissue to create a straighter, more attractive gum line.
What gum contouring means
There are many potential reasons for a gummy smile to develop. For example, the underlying jawbone may have experienced issues during its growth and development that have caused the gums to grow unevenly. Or, the use of certain medications or the presence of certain health conditions can lead to your smile becoming gummy. In many cases, however, the appearance and alignment of your gum tissues can be conveniently and effectively improved with minimally invasive gum contouring. The procedure involves carefully examining your teeth, gums, and oral structures, then artistically trimming away the excess gums where necessary to create an even frame of gum tissues around your teeth.
The benefits of contouring your gums
Given the impact that a gummy smile can have on your overall confidence, improving your smile’s appearance is one of the biggest advantages of gum contouring. Because the treatment is designed to be as minimally invasive as possible, improving your smile can also be much easier than you expected. Yet, in addition to improved confidence, creating an even gum line also provides significant benefits to your long-term oral health. For instance, a straighter gum line is easier to keep consistently clean and clear of harmful oral bacteria. This reduces your risks of developing gum disease, which could potentially lead to tooth loss in the future.
Gum contouring and smile makeovers
If your smile has more than just uneven gums affecting its appearance, then we can custom-design a more appropriate smile makeover plan to address all of your concerns at once. Depending on your specific needs, this may include the application of tooth-colored bonding to one or more teeth, or the bonding of one or more highly lifelike porcelain veneers. Contouring your gum line can create the perfect finish for your more comprehensive smile improvement plan.
No more gummy smile with gum contouring
Don’t let uneven gums hold your smile back any longer – improve them with cosmetic gum contouring. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of Michael J. Young, DDS, in Lafayette, LA, at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients who live in Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and all surrounding communities.