Gum Contouring: Transforming Your Smile and Confidence

Gum Contouring: Transforming Your Smile and Confidence

by Dr. Inna Chern | November 1st, 2023

Hiding your smile should never be an experience that you endure. An uneven gumline can surface feelings of self-consciousness and insecurity, causing you to hide your smile. If you are experiencing a negative self-image from an uneven gumline, gum contouring can transform the appearance of your gumline and improve your self-confidence.

Although gum reshaping may not be medically necessary for oral health, this cosmetic procedure can boost your confidence, positively affecting your personal and professional life. Learn about gum contouring, the procedure, and whether the treatment is a good fit for you.

Why Get Gum Contouring?

Gum reshaping can create a more balanced smile, eliminate excess gum tissue that conceals your beautiful teeth, and make the teeth more proportional to the rest of your smile. Gum contouring can boost the appearance of your smile while increasing your self-confidence and self-image.

Laser gum reshaping is a minimally invasive treatment that contours the gum tissue to a more uniform appearance. Laser gum reshaping seals the tissue, yielding permanent results with less bleeding than traditional methods.

Candidates for Laser Gum Contouring

Gum contouring can be ideal for individuals with a gummy smile, excessive gum tissue, or a recessive gumline from periodontal disease. Candidates for gum contouring should be in overall good health with good oral health. 

You may be an ideal candidate for gum reshaping if you experience excessive gingival display, an uneven gumline, and gum overgrowth from previously wearing braces. This treatment can address gum decay and gum pockets created by periodontal disease. Gum contouring removes gum pockets and seals the gum tissue, diminishing hidden bacteria that collect in these areas. 

Gum Contouring Procedure

Before your gum surgery, your doctor will give you anesthesia to minimize discomfort in your gums. Your dental surgeon will mark the location of your desired gum line with a surgical guide and remove excess gum tissue using a scalpel or laser (depending on the method you choose). Your surgeon will then reshape your remaining tissue to create a uniform-looking gumline. This procedure usually takes one to two hours, depending on your individual case.

Gum Contouring Recovery

The recovery after gum contouring typically takes a week or less, depending on the extent of your treatment, how many teeth were addressed, and your body’s healing capacity. It is crucial to keep the surgical area clean, eat soft foods for the following days, and avoid strenuous physical activity for the first few days. 

Some individuals may opt for multiple treatments to obtain their desired smile. Procedures should be spaced between eight and twelve weeks apart. It is essential to consult with a dental professional to develop a treatment plan curated to your needs. 

Schedule a Consultation

Contact us by filling out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chern at New York General Dentistry in New York City, NY. Dr. Chern provides high-tech, one-on-one care to all her patients. Dr. Chern has been providing dental care for over two decades. At New York General Dentistry, we welcome you to join us today for a consultation personalized to your dental needs.

For over 20 years, Inna Chern, DDS has been offering personalized, high-tech dental care to Manhattan and NYC residents. With a focus on individualized attention and the latest technology, her modern Midtown East office aims to reshape dental care perceptions in New York by prioritizing patient well-being and innovative services.

By Dr. Inna Chern

For over 20 years, Inna Chern, DDS has been offering personalized, high-tech dental care to Manhattan and NYC residents. With a focus on individualized attention and the latest technology, her modern Midtown East office aims to reshape dental care perceptions in New York by prioritizing patient well-being and innovative services.

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