When you smile, you may show more of your gum above your upper teeth than other people. This smile characteristic is often referred to as a "gummy smile." A gummy smile can make you feel less confident. If that's the case, laser gum recontouring at our Boulder cosmetic dentistry practice can create the aesthetically pleasing smile shape you want. Please call Adler Advanced Dentistry to arrange your free consultation with Dr. Michael Adler at (303) 515-7335.
Gum Recontouring for Gummy Smiles
The appearance of a gummy smile is usually caused by genetically inherited traits, such as small teeth, extra gum tissue or a shorter lip. Even if you have been living with this smile trait for years, it may be making you feel less happy with your smile. Dr. Adler uses advanced laser dentistry to perform gum recontouring that is dramatically less invasive than scalpel methods of the past. Some of the advantages of this procedure are:
- No incisions, no sutures
- Laser cauterizes as it cuts, which minimizes bleeding
- Enhanced precision
- Symmetrical results
- Has a gum-lifting effect
The only way to know if the procedure is a good fit for your goals is to visit Dr. Adler. He'll make sure you know all of your options moving forward and what to expect from each.
Gum Recontouring After Invisalign® or Orthodontic Treatment
After orthodontic treatment with braces or Invisalign®, although you may be really happy with your straight teeth, you may also come to the realization that there's still something left to be desired. Our dentist may use gum recontouring after orthodontic treatment to achieve the best possible smile results. Evening the gum line creates the symmetrical, pleasing smile you were aiming for with orthodontic treatment. Dr. Adler can also perform reshaping of the edge of your teeth to address tooth wear that detracts from your Invisalign® results.
A Minimally Invasive Way to Reshape Your Gums
Dr. Adler will remove and reshape targeted areas of gum tissue using the soft-tissue diode laser. The energy from the laser vaporizes tissue, so it's completely painless. Laser energy also reduces bleeding because it seals off blood vessels as it removes the tissue.
For about a week after the treatment, you may have some gum sensitivity and swelling. An over-the-counter pain reliever typically is strong enough to alleviate any discomfort. You may want to eat soft foods while your gums heal. Dr. Adler and our team will provide you with complete aftercare instructions so you can heal successfully.
To find out if gum recontouring with soft-tissue laser technology is capable of producing the smile you want and that will allow you to be the most confident, please call Adler Advanced Dentistry at (303) 515-7335. Experienced cosmetic dentist Dr. Michael Adler serves all of Boulder and the nearby areas, and your initial consultation is complimentary.