When we think of what makes a beautiful smile, we often envision a mouth full of perfect teeth that span from the top to bottom lip. Many of us, however, have a visible gum line when we smile. For some, the gum line is not excessive and does not take away from the attractiveness of the smile. For others, the gum line is much more visible and can even show more than the teeth do. Gum lines can also be uneven, causing the teeth to look crooked.

    Though we can all agree a gummy smile on an infant is precious, most adults are self conscious with their own gummy smile. Luckily, there is a cosmetic dental procedure that can lessen the appearance of the gum line and give you the beautiful smile you have always wanted. At Golsen Family Dentistry, we are experienced in gum contouring to give you the beautiful smile you have always wanted.

    What is gum contouring?

    Gum contouring – also known as gum reshaping – has become a popular cosmetic dental procedure. Your dentist works to remove some of the gum tissue to expose more of your teeth, resulting in a less gummy smile. At Golsen Family Dentistry in Alpharetta, we use a special laser to reshape the gum line and expose more of your teeth. Gum contouring can also be done for patients who need to have gum tissue restored due to gum recession.

    What are the benefits of gum contouring?

    As a cosmetic procedure, the biggest benefit of gum contouring is giving the patient confidence in their smile. The ability to freely smile, and even speak, without hesitation can be life changing for many people. If you have been dodging photos of memorable moments because you are self conscience about your gummy smile, Alpharetta’s Golsen Family Dentistry can help.

    As a treatment for receding gums, gum contouring can have major benefits to the health of your teeth. When your gums recede, the sensitive parts of your teeth become exposed. This can lead to pain, sensitivity, damage, and serious tooth decay. If the recession gets too bad, it can expose the root of the tooth and cause bone damage.

    What results should I expect from gum contouring treatment?

    For cosmetic gum contouring, patients will see their results right away. It is not uncommon to have a little pain and swelling after the treatment, but it should not interfere with their everyday activities. For gum recession treatment, the results are also visible the same day as treatment.

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