There’s more to a beautiful smile than sparkling, white teeth. An attractive smile also has healthy gum tissue symmetrically draped around each tooth. The edge of the gum should be the same height for the two front teeth and for the canines (the long, pointed teeth near the front of the mouth). The gum tissue surrounding the incisors (located next to the front teeth) should be 1 to 1 ½ millimetres lower than the other teeth. This gum line is important to the overall appearance of your smile. Just as you can shape a fingernail, you can shape your gums to create a balanced, beautiful smile. Gum contouring is a cosmetic dental procedure for reshaping your gums and is easily performed at a dental clinic.
You are a candidate for gum contouring if:
An uneven gum line can be caused by:
Gum contouring is a simple, quick and safe dental procedure and can usually be done in one office visit. The only known risks are a rare allergic reaction to the anesthetic and the recurrence of gum growth. The dentist will take care to expose more enamel without exposing the roots of your teeth. The results of gum contouring are immediate and can be very dramatic!
It will take 1 to 2 weeks for your mouth to heal fully after having your gums reshaped. In the meantime:
An attractive smile raises self-esteem, improves confidence and benefits mental health. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, there is no need to “just live with it.” Modern dental science offers a wide range of possible treatments to improve the appearance and health of your teeth and gums. You can achieve beautiful, white teeth and pink, well-contoured gum tissue. Your dentist can help you decide if gum reshaping is right for you.
For all your dental needs, questions, and concerns call Centennial Smiles at (587) 317-7959.