What Is Gum Contouring?

gums2Your gums are as much a part of your smile as your teeth. In fact, when it comes to the art of smile design there are various principles that govern it including the ratio of gingival tissue (your gums) to your teeth. If your gums cover too much of your teeth you are considered as having a gummy smile. Gum contouring can correct that. What is gum contouring? Take our true or false quiz below to find out.

True or False?

  1. True or False: An esthetic smile is determined by a scientific ratio.
  2. True or False: A gummy smile is not esthetically pleasing.
  3. True or False: Gum contouring can improve your smile.
  4. True or False: Gum contouring can easily be performed using a soft tissue laser.


  1. True: In the field of dentistry an esthetic smile is determined by a scientific ratio of teeth to gums, lips to teeth, and the length to width ratio of each tooth.
  2. True: When there is too much gingival tissue covering your teeth it affects the length to width ratio and makes them look short and stubby.
  3. True: Repositioning your gum line via gum contouring can improve your smile by showing more tooth and less gingival tissue. Gum contouring removes the excess gum tissue repositioning the gum line. This restores the proper scientific ratio of your tooth structure.
  4. True: A soft tissue laser quickly and easily removes excess gum tissue while sealing the blood vessels which helps prevent bleeding, swelling, and promotes healing. You will see instant results. The procedure usually only requires one visit. Prior to the procedure your dentist will shape your gums accordingly with a marker. Your gums will then be anesthetized and you may be sedated for your own comfort. After the treatment you may experience some discomfort for one or two days. Over-the-counter medications are often recommended to help relieve the pain.


Dr. Quinn Smith is a well-respected and highly experienced general, restorative, and family dentist in Grand Prairie, TX. He takes a patient-first approach that starts from the moment patients enter our Pecan Tree Dental office, and he offers a three-year guarantee on all dental work that he performs. Whether you and your family are new or returning patients, you can schedule a consultation or your next appointment with Dr. Smith by contacting us at (972) 262-5111.