Gum Contouring For A More Beautiful Smile

One common problem dealt with by cosmetic dentists is asymmetrical gum tissue, where the gum tissue is lower on one tooth than it is on the other-for example, creating the illusion that one tooth is longer than the other. Then there's the gummy smile, where gums are actually covering parts of the teeth that should be exposed, making the teeth appear too short.

Both of these problems can be corrected by a process called gum countouring, a simple procedure that can be done using a laser and local anesthetic. In instances when a gum lift is not enough to correct the problem, the bone at the front of the root may have to be reshaped. This procedure is more invasive than a gum lift, but discomfort is manageable.

Featured on page 118 of the Summer-Fall 2007 issue of NewBeauty.