Most of the time when patients consider the appearance of the smile, they focus on the size, shape, and color of the teeth. While beautiful teeth are certainly an important aspect of an attractive smile, they are only one part of the picture. A healthy, even, and symmetrical gum line can properly frame the teeth to create a beautiful smile. For our patients in Forney, laser gum reshaping can create this type of gum line for those who do not have it naturally. Often combined with porcelain veneers, which conceal cosmetic flaws on the teeth, laser gum reshaping can put the finishing touches on a beautiful smile.
Am I a Candidate?
Because patients often put so much focus on the teeth, they may not be aware of the impact that the gum line can have on the overall appearance of the smile. When considering the appearance of the smile, patients contemplating laser gum reshaping should consider the following questions:
- When I smile, do I see more gum than teeth?
- Do my gums extend further down my teeth than I would like?
- Do my teeth appear short or small?
- Is my gum line uneven?
- Does my smile appear asymmetrical?
Patients who answer yes to any of the above questions can likely benefit from the alterations that can be made during a laser gum reshaping treatment. Laser gum reshaping, or gum contouring, allows our cosmetic dentists to remove excessive gum tissue, reveal more tooth enamel, and create a straight and even gum line. With the use of the dental laser, these alterations can be made with just the use of a local anesthetic, meaning that the risks of treatment are virtually non-existent. Because of this, most patients qualify as viable candidates for treatment. As long as the teeth and gums are healthy, laser gum reshaping can be performed to improve the appearance of your smile. Laser gum contouring may be especially beneficial to patients undergoing dental crown or porcelain veneers treatment, as it complements the results of treatment by creating an attractive frame for these dental restorations.
For those who are candidates for laser gum reshaping, there are many benefits to consider. The aesthetic benefits include a better ratio between gums and teeth and a straight, symmetrical gum line. Additionally, the technology used in laser gum reshaping increases the safety and comfort of treatment while providing our dentists with optimal control and precision. Because the dental laser used is able to simultaneously remove gum tissue and cauterize the blood vessels, patients benefit from the following advantages of treatment:
- Minimal bleeding and gum irritation
- Virtually no pain during or after treatment
- No down time needed for recovery
Laser gum reshaping is one of the many cosmetic services offered at Forney Family Dentistry. It is our goal to improve the oral health of our patients while creating beautiful smiles that are a source of pride. If you have any questions about laser gum reshaping or any of our other dental treatments, please contact us at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you!