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Boosting Smile Beauty With Gum Contouring

April 2, 2024

When you show off too much gum tissue when you smile, this can alter smile beauty and impact the appearance of your smile’s alignment. To correct these concerns in only one appointment, our team can reshape the smile with laser dentistry. In today’s blog, your Lake Orion, MI, dentist talks about gum contouring and what to expect from the procedure.

The Factors Behind a Gummy Smile

When your smile has too much gingival tissue on display, this makes your teeth appear uneven and short, and can also make you feel embarrassed about your appearance. This could occur due to issues with the growth of your smile and the eruption of your teeth. But we can offer a cosmetic treatment to reshape the gums and offer a more attractive smile, and in only one visit too!

Treatment with Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers employ a concentrated beam of light, and we use one calibrated to handle soft tissue concerns. Our team will mark the portions of the gums that need removal and then gently trim them away with the laser, reshaping the gum line in the process to improve overall symmetry. The laser rarely requires the use of anesthesia and they target the areas with precision to prevent damage to healthy tissues. The lack of scalpels and sutures means it heals quickly, and you can return to your normal routine in as little as 24 to 48 hours. The technology also reduces the risk of bleeding, infection, and swelling afterward too.

Treating Periodontal Disease

We can employ the same technology to aid in the treatment of periodontal disease. For minor stages, we could begin managing it with a deep cleaning, also known as a scaling and root planing, followed by traditional cleanings every three to four months. But for the advanced stages of the disease, the stages that could lead to tooth loss without treatment, we could employ the same laser technology to carefully remove the diseased portions of the tissues from the smile, so healthy ones can re-attach to the teeth and allow us to better manage the disease and prevent complications like tooth loss.

If you have any questions about how we use dental lasers to improve the beauty of your smile, with gum contouring, or about how we can use them to begin managing and treating issues like periodontal disease, then contact our team today to learn more. We look forward to helping you enjoy a smile that is healthy, strong, and looks good too.


We want to help you enjoy a beautiful and healthy smile in only one visit, which is why we offer laser dentistry as part of our cosmetic and periodontal treatments. Find out more about our periodontal treatment options by contacting Lake Orion Family Dentistry at (248)693-6213! 

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