If you’ve ever thought something didn’t look quite right about your smile, but your teeth are in good shape, you might have a “gummy smile.” A gum lift can help.
Also known as gum contouring or a gingivectomy, a gum lift is a cosmetic dental procedure where your dentist uses a laser to remove excess gum tissue above your teeth.
Your gums may come too far down on your teeth for several reasons, including gum disease or smaller than average teeth.
No matter the cause, a gum lift offers several benefits. Read on to find out more about them, courtesy of the team at Smile Design Manhattan in the Midtown West area of New York City.
Makes your smile more symmetrical
If your teeth are even, getting your gum line even as well makes your smile more symmetrical and attractive. Before the gum lift procedure, your dentist uses a dental pen to draw a projection of your new gum line on your smile.
They then use a laser to gently trim any excess gum tissue below this line. The result is gums that are straight and even, helping your smile look more even and symmetrical as well.
Helps your teeth look better
A gum lift can improve the appearance of your teeth as well as your gums. Lifting the gums exposes more of your teeth, so they look healthier, fuller, and longer. Depending on the anatomy of your teeth, a gum lift may even be an alternative to dental veneers.
Improving the look of your teeth might do wonders for your self-confidence and your image — no more hiding your mouth in pictures!
Prevents gum disease
Bacteria can sometimes settle underneath your gum tissue in areas difficult to reach with a toothbrush or floss. The more gum tissue you have, the more places there are for bacteria to hide and the greater the chance those bacteria lead to gum disease.
Contouring your gums helps prevent bacterial growth in these areas, reducing your risk of gum disease.
Requires little downtime
One of the best things about a gum lift is how quick and easy the procedure and recovery are. It used to be a semi-surgical procedure that required a long recovery.
The laser technology, on the other hand, minimizes discomfort and recovery. Your gums may be swollen for a few days, but you can eat and drink whatever you want within a day. Your gums should heal completely within a week.
If you’re ready to find out how a gum lift might benefit you, contact Smile Design Manhattan to schedule a consultation today.