We’ve known for centuries that beauty is all about proportion (like, you know, the Golden Ratio). And it’s definitely true when it comes to your smile. You want your pearly whites to be big, but not too big, and you need just the right amount of healthy gum tissue covering them up.
When something’s not right with the tooth-to-gum ratio, like if you have short teeth or what we call a “gummy smile,” your dentist in Lancaster can help. Keep reading to learn more about tooth reshaping and gum contouring, and whether or not they could be the treatments to rescue your smile.
About Tooth Reshaping
Tooth reshaping fixes teeth that were damaged by injury as well as those that just haven’t ever looked quite right. Maybe the tooth was broken due to facial trauma, or perhaps several teeth are worn down due to nighttime teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Many people are just born with teeth that aren’t shaped well.
To begin the procedure, your cosmetic dentist first evaluates the tooth and determines how it could be more aesthetically pleasing and functional before moving forward. If the tooth needs to be reshaped, your dentist may use special tools to file away excess tooth enamel or to even out an oddly textured surface. Dental bonding may also be used to add enamel to areas where it has been lost — like if the tooth is broken or worn down.
The Basics of Gum Recontouring
Maybe the teeth themselves are just fine, but there’s too much gum tissue covering them up. We’re happy to share that you likely do have plenty of beautiful white tooth enamel — it’s just waiting to be unleashed!
A gum recontouring procedure can even out an irregular gum line or remove excess tissue that creates the appearance of a gummy smile. Using a special soft tissue laser, your dentist blasts away at just what needs to be removed with extreme precision. A laser gum procedure is fast, almost completely pain free, and doesn’t require any scalpels or sutures.
Which One Is Right for You?
To determine whether or not you are a good candidate for tooth reshaping and/or gum recontouring, please do not hesitate to reach out to your cosmetic dentist. Even the most seemingly minor problems can take away from your smile in a big way, and there is no reason to live with imperfect teeth when excellent cosmetic options are comfortably within reach. People who are in solid oral and overall health can typically benefit from the variety of treatments available in cosmetic dentistry.
About the Authors
Dr. Sean Moriarty and Dr. Michael H. Cohen provide excellence in dentistry at Mor Smiles. To learn more about their general, restorative, and cosmetic procedures — including tooth reshaping and gum contouring — do not hesitate to contact the office at (717) 961-5767.