Improving your smile’s appearance might mean doing something as simple as whitening teeth that have become stained, or bonding a small, chipped area of your tooth. Sometimes, though, it might mean addressing more than the appearance of your teeth. For example, at our Grand Prairie, TX, dental office, we can recommend a variety of customizable treatments to address any concern you have with your smile, including gum contouring to correct uneven gums and help bring symmetry back to your smile.
What happens to during gum contouring?
Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure designed to gently trim away excess gum tissue. When some of the tissue covers more of your tooth structure in some areas than in others, the overall effect can be an asymmetrical gum line that makes your entire smile seem uneven. While the reasons for a gummy smile can differ for patients, gum contouring is commonly an ideal solution for correcting it in a minimally invasive manner. During your procedure, we’ll carefully contour your gum line by strategically trimming only the tissue that’s necessary, achieving optimal results while minimizing the extent of your treatment.
Why would your smile need it?
For many patients with a gummy smile, the major motivation for seeking gum contouring is to improve their smiles’ appearance and, therefore, their overall confidence. Even a slight discrepancy in the evenness of your gums can have a significant impact on your overall smile, which may grow stronger the longer the condition isn’t addressed. By contouring your gums with customized cosmetic dental treatment, we can help restore your smile’s confidence and stop your gummy smile from becoming worse. Gum contouring can also help you avoid the potential consequences that asymmetrical gum tissues may have on your long-term oral health.
How it helps your smile in the long run
The appearance of a gummy smile may be a big motivating factor for seeking gum contouring, but when your gums aren’t even, the risks to your smile may be more serious than you realize. For example, gum disease, which is the leading cause of adult tooth loss, forms when oral bacteria accumulate excessively along your gum line and underneath your gum tissues. If your gum line isn’t even, then keeping it clean and free of oral bacteria every day can become more difficult. After gum contouring, you’ll have a better chance at preventing this bacteria accumulation with good dental hygiene and improving your chances of avoiding gum disease.
Learn more about cosmetic gum contouring
If your gums are uneven, then ask us about improving it with a custom cosmetic gum contouring plan. To learn more, schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith and our team by calling Pecan Tree Dental in Grand Prairie, TX, today at (972) 262-5111.