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Gum Contouring Can Improve Gummy Smiles with Minimal Discomfort


If you feel that your teeth look disproportionately short or if you are troubled by a crooked gum line,  Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus and Dr. Lisa Reid perform a gum lift, also known as gum contouring, at our Brooklyn Heights, NY, practice. By removing excess gum tissue, the procedure can enhance your smile and transform your entire appearance. In some cases, patients may want to combine gum contouring with other cosmetic procedures during a customized smile makeover.

Gum Lift: A closeup of a smiling mouth's teeth and gums.

Is a Gum Lift Right for You?

Excess gum tissue extend down on your teeth, making them appear small or uneven, a concern many call a gummy smile. Uneven gum lines can also make teeth appear crooked or misshapen. Many patients are uncomfortable with how excess gum tissue affects their smile and may even go out of their way to avoid smiling at all as a result. If you are concerned with how your gums impact your appearance, a gum lift may be a good option.

Patients should be in good overall oral health before undergoing any cosmetic procedures. Periodontal disease, especially, may limit your candidacy for a gum lift. However, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid can often treat the condition in-office to lay the foundations for the procedure in the future. 

What to Expect during Treatment

Prior to your gum lift, Dr. Stanislaus or Dr. Reid will meet with you to discuss your goals for treatment. They may provide pictures of prior patients for reference to help you understand the results you can achieve. If necessary, they may even draw a line with a special pen directly on the gums so you can see where your new gum line will fall.

Once you have settled on a suitable plan, your doctor will numb the gums with local anesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure. While this is sufficient in most cases, we can provide additional, deeper sedation, if needed. Once you are fully comfortable, your practitioner will remove a tiny layer of gum tissue. Dr. Stanislaus and Dr. Reid work very carefully using advanced techniques and technology, so the procedure will not impact the rest of your gums.

After gum contouring, many patients feel more confident and comfortable with smiling in general - which can have a notable impact on their social and professional lives.

While  we can perform a gum lift as a standalone treatment, it is easy to combine this procedure with other cosmetic solutions, such as porcelain veneers or dental bonding to completely transform your entire smile. Often, combining these procedures will be part of a customized smile makeover.

The Benefits of Gum Contouring

Gum contouring can have a tremendous effect on your appearance, giving you a younger, more proportionate smile. After the procedure, many patients feel more confident and comfortable with smiling in general - which can have a notable impact on their social and professional lives. 

While the results are dramatic, the procedure itself is highly conservative. Most patients report little discomfort during recovery, due in large part to the fact that no stitches are required. While you may notice some swelling, this typically fades within a few days, allowing you to enjoy the full effects of your treatment.

Discuss Your Options

Dr. Stanislaus and Dr. Reid are dedicated to providing convenient, comfortable treatment for every patient. If you are unhappy with your gums, reach out today to schedule a consultation and discuss your candidacy.

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