Gum reshaping, also known as a gum lift and gum contouring, is a procedure designed to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. This treatment is predominantly used for patients who have what is recognised as a ‘gummy smile,’ which is when a large portion of the gum is visible when you smile. A ‘gummy smile’ can make the teeth look small and it may cause people to suffer from low self-confidence.
A ‘gummy smile’ doesn’t affect the function or health of the teeth or gums and is merely an aesthetic problem. Gum reshaping is a simple procedure which can make a huge difference to the overall look of the smile, as well as contributing to higher levels of self-esteem and confidence.
Improve the look of a gummy smile
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and tiny sections of the gum tissue will be removed, using either a scalpel or a laser. The procedure may seem daunting but it is actually very straightforward and you will not feel any pain. Occasionally, the bone underneath the gum is contoured as well but this process is also very simple.
The healing process is very quick and you should not experience any prolonged pain. Initially, your gums may be a little uncomfortable but the pain will subside very quickly with painkillers. To complete the smile transformation your Time Dental dentist may recommend veneers or crowns, which promise an additional boost to your self-confidence.
Gum reshaping at Time Dental is an excellent treatment option if your smile is ruining your confidence, able to completely eliminate the ‘gummy smile’.