When many people consider their smiles’ appearance, they don’t often consider the appearance of their gum line. Unless, however, their gum lines are uneven, in which case the impact it has on their smiles may be the first thing they notice when they look in the mirror. When your gum line isn’t exactly even or symmetrical, its visible appearance is only one of several factors why it’s problematic. Fortunately, we can help straighten your gums comfortably and conveniently with minimally invasive gum contouring.
1. A gummy smile could be at risk
A gummy smile is one in which the gums don’t cover all of your teeth to the same degree and extent. In some areas, your teeth may appear smaller because more of their structure is covered by gum tissues, or longer because the gums don’t cover as much as they do other teeth. However, this appearance is only the most noticeable impact, not the most significant or long-term one. The unevenness of your gum line can also put them at a much higher risk of developing gum disease, which forms when oral bacteria gather underneath your gum tissues.
2. Improving it could be simpler than you think
The good news about improving most aspects of your smile’s appearance is that it can often be accomplished with minimally invasive cosmetic dental treatment. For example, if your teeth are stained, simple teeth-whitening can likely erase them and brighten your smile. The same is often true when it comes to addressing uneven gum tissues. With cosmetic gum contouring, we can often create significant smile improvement by trimming minimal amounts of gum tissue in strategic areas along your gum line. Gum contouring can often be completed during a single visit.
3. Even gums are healthier in the long run
When your gums are more symmetrical and more evenly displayed across all of your teeth, keeping them clean and healthy is easier than when they aren’t even. This is because keeping them clean of oral bacteria, which accumulate on your teeth and gum line every day, is more effective when your gums outline your teeth evenly. When they don’t, it can be easier for oral bacteria to work their way underneath your gums and increase your risk of developing gum disease.
Learn if you can benefit from gum contouring
Healthy gums should be even for more reasons than just your smile’s appearance. If they’re not, then you may benefit more than you know from personalized gum contouring. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.