When people think of how they can achieve the smile they’ve always dreamed of, they think of procedures such as tooth bleaching, veneers, braces, and a bunch of other cosmetic procedures. Very rarely, if at all, do people think about gum contouring – most people probably don’t even know that such a procedure exists.
Gum contouring, for those that don’t know, is another type of cosmetic procedure that can help improve the appearance of your smile.
While most people rarely think of their gums as part of their smiles, they are. And, in some cases, the gums or gingival tissue may be too far below the upper lips when smiling, causing them to show too much, and resulting in what’s known as a gummy smile.
What Exactly Is a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile is a term used to describe people whose gums cover too much of their teeth when smiling, giving the impression that their teeth are much shorter.
When it comes to smiles, the amount of gum and teeth showing should be balanced. If not, and too much gum is showing, a smile. then becomes what’s known as a “gummy smile”.
A gummy smile is perfectly acceptable for most people. However, there are cases wherein the gums showing too much can be quite unsightly, especially if it makes one’s teeth look a lot shorter than they really are. And, in such cases, gum contouring may just be the answer.
Why Do Some People Have Gummy Smiles?
Uneven gums are a fairly common problem, though it’s arguably a cosmetic one.
Some people are just born with it, while there are those whose gums become uneven as they grow older.
There are also other factors leading to people developing a “gummy smile”, such as:
- Brushing too hard and improper brushing, as well as flossing techniques.
- Smoking or chewing tobacco.
- Frequent teeth grinding.
- Oral piercing.
- Sensitivity to certain chemicals.
- The shifting of teeth (very common among adults).
- Periodontal disease.
Gum Contouring For Your Gummy Smile
Gum contouring has long been around as a cosmetic procedure. Though, it was only recently that it became popular with plenty of people.
This rise in popularity in gum contouring procedures could directly be attributed to the fact that modern dental medicine now allows dental practitioners to completely bypass the use of scalpels. Instead, soft tissue lasers are used to slowly and gently scalp the gums, while at the same time, the tissue is sealed to help speed up the healing process, as well as to prevent any bleeding.
To put it simply, gum contouring is now widely considered as a very safe process where a single visit is all that’s necessary and the results are evident immediately.
Healthy teeth are good and all, but sometimes, they’re just not enough and too much gums showing is a good example of that.
If you feel that your self-esteem has suffered because of your “gummy smile”, be sure to contact the nearest cosmetic dentist in your area so that you can achieve the smile that you’ve always dreamed of, today!
If you’re interested in gum contouring and would like more information, contact Dr. Bartz at 708-430-4440 or visit our website at www.bartzandbartzdental.com to learn more.
Dr. Bartz proudly welcomes patients from Chicago, Orland Park, Burbank and Palos Hills.