If your smile is looking a little ‘gummy’ and you’re unhappy with how your teeth look when you smile, one option you should consider is gum contouring and reshaping.

In gum contouring, the dentist can lengthen the appearance of your teeth by reshaping the gums. Your teeth can also be shortened, smoothed and levelled off to improve your smile line. Gum contouring is a procedure that’s normally done with a scalpel, but nowadays it tends to be done using a laser to remove any excessive gum which overlaps the teeth.

The procedure is quick and painless and the healing process is fairly quick too as the laser can be used to seal blood vessels to prevent any excess bleeding when the procedure is completed.

In some cases having a gum contouring procedure isn’t enough and when the gum is too far down the teeth you may need to have veneers or crowns to improve the appearance of your smile once the gum contouring is complete.

Not only will gum contouring improve your self-confidence it can also enhance the appearance of your smile. As the healing process is fairly quick, it means you won’t be spending a long time waiting for it to heal. You won’t feel anything while having the procedure as a local anaesthetic will be used, so it’s relatively painless.

Your dentist Kent may need to remove some bone from your teeth, but this procedure is very simple and won’t cause too much of a problem. Removing the gum can be problematic if there’s too much of it, so you may experience some swelling afterwards, but this can be corrected by undertaking further treatment.

If you want to know more about gum contouring and reshaping or other procedures which can enhance your smile such as teeth whitening, dentist Dr Rik Trivedi can help. Dr Trivedi is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and along with significant experience in cosmetic dentistry, he is committed to transforming your smile for the better.

Please call the Parrock Dental and Implant Centre on 01474 537 191 to book an appointment. Our opening hours are Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 8pm, Friday from 9am to 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm.