Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix My Gummy Smile?

The phrase “cosmetic dentistry” often suggests procedures to improve the look and function of our teeth, but our gums are an integral part of how our mouth functions. They are also essential to a beautiful smile, and how they look influences how we feel about our facial appearance.

Cosmetic dentistry offers several options that can balance the proportion of your gums showing in relation to your teeth. These processes can revitalize your smile and may also lead to an improvement in your oral health. Having a gummy smile isn’t something you have to live with. Cosmetic dentistry can be a great avenue to a better smile and a happier life.



How Can Cosmetic Dentistry Fix My Gummy Smile?

  1. Your cosmetic dentist will determine if your gums need to be reshaped for medical reasons. Fixing a gummy smile may not be medically necessary. If it is, you may be referred to a periodontist or other dental professionals for treatments such as surgical lip repositioning, orthodontics (braces), or maxillofacial surgery.
  2. Your dentist will reshape your gums after assessing your needs. Your cosmetic dentist will numb your gums with a local anesthetic and mark the tissue to be removed with a pen. Laser reshaping of gum tissue has become popular in recent years, as using a laser to remove gum tissue also seals the blood vessels and disinfects the gum tissue at the same time. This reduces the chances of post-surgical bleeding and infection.
  3. After the operation, you will want to take things easy for a few days. Limit your physical activity for a few days, and take over-the-counter painkillers as needed for any discomfort. Eat soft foods such as yogurt, ice cream, pasta, eggs, or cottage cheese. Avoid spicy meals and foods with seeds until your gums have completely healed.
  4. Follow a gentle daily oral care routine. Your cosmetic dentist can offer suggestions about how to keep your teeth and gums clean without harming the area where the reshaping was done.

“Fixing your gummy smile can provide an entirely new outlook on your appearance,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist in practice in central Phoenix and the founder of Dr. Carol Ford & Associates. “Our staff is happy to discuss with you how gum reshaping works and to show before-and-after pictures of successful procedures.”



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