Q&A: Gum Contouring

Have you ever considered reshaping your gum tissue with gum contouring? In many cases we find that patients assume the trouble with the appearance of their smiles is all about their teeth. You may be surprised to learn that the appearance of “squatty teeth” or issues with asymmetry may actually have more to do with your gum tissue than your teeth. Fortunately, we can approach your smile from many angles with cosmetic dentistry, so you can display the lovely grin you have always hoped to call your own.

Q&A: Gum Contouring

Question: My smile looks uneven – not “gummy” – how can gum contouring help?

Answer: If your smile looks uneven but your smile line is uniform, you may be dealing with uneven gums. This simply means that you have excessive gum tissue in certain area, which causes your smile to appear asymmetrical. With contouring, we can remove tissue from strategic locations to reveal an even smile.

Question: My teeth look really short and I have been told that I have a “gummy smile” – how will gum contouring help?

Answer: In most cases, it’s not your teeth that are short – it’s your gum tissue that has grown in excess, covering too much of your teeth. With contouring, we can remove some of your gum tissue, thereby raising your gumline. You will be able to see a greater portion of your teeth, so you can flash a beautiful smile. 

Question: Can I combine gum contouring with other cosmetic treatments?

Answer: Yes, we often place contouring on the list of treatments for a patient’s smile makeover. Rest assured, you can address multiple needs (including improving your gumline) by combining a variety of cosmetic treatments.