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Bring Balance and Symmetry to Your Smile with Gum Contouring

Do you have a gummy smile? Is your gum line uneven? Your teeth are supposed to be the focal point of your smile; however, if they are hidden beneath excess gum tissue, it can detract from your overall appearance. Gum contouring can eliminate and reshape the gum tissue covering your teeth, allowing for a more even and symmetrical frame for your smile. If you are interested in reducing excess gum tissue,  or other restorative proceduresDr. Stephen Brown will hold an initial consultation at Affordable Dental Clinics in Greeley, CO, to understand your dental cosmetic goals and ensure they are met with complete accuracy.

About Gum Contouring

Even healthy teeth can appear jagged if they are not properly framed by the gums. Generally, teeth should be slightly longer than they are wide. If there is too much gum tissue, it can make the teeth appear short and “boxy.” Gum contouring can effectively reshape the gums for a more desirable appearance. In some cases, this procedure can even improve hygiene by uncovering hard-to-reach areas.


Before and after gum contouring

Gum contouring can reduce excess gum tissue and make the teeth appear more symmetric.

Who is a Candidate for Gum Contouring?

In order to undergo gum contouring—or any cosmetic procedure—you should be in good oral and overall health. If you have more serious dental concerns, such as tooth decay or periodontal disease, these issues should be addressed first. You might be eligible for gum contouring if you have:

  • Excess gum tissue
  • An uneven gum line
  • An ill-fitting restoration
  • Hard-to-reach areas

Gum Contouring Procedure

During your initial consultation, Dr. Brown will assess your oral health and take photographs and measurements of your teeth. This is a crucial part of the process, as he must remove enough gum tissue, but not too much. Oftentimes, we will be able to mark the gum line so you can visualize the results before we begin treatment.

Because each patient is unique, Dr. Brown will take the time necessary to sculpt a smile that complements your facial structures.

The day of your procedure, your gum tissue will be numbed with local anesthesia for your comfort. Next, Dr. Brown will carefully and strategically remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line. Because each patient is unique, Dr. Brown will take the time necessary to sculpt a smile that complements your facial structures. This minimally invasive procedure can typically be completed in less than one hour in our office.

Immediately following your procedure, you may notice some slight tenderness. This is normal and should subside within a couple of days. Discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Most patients are able to return to their routine activities within 24 hours.

Benefits of Gum Contouring

We enjoy performing this procedure for our patients, as the results are instantaneous. Gum contouring offers several benefits, including:

  • Increased self-confidence
  • A more proportionate and balanced smile
  • A straighter gum line

In addition to aesthetic benefits, gum contouring offers oral health advantages, as well. Because excess gum tissue can contribute to food traps and the accumulation of bacteria, this procedure can make difficult areas much easier to clean.

Schedule a Consultation with Us Today

If you are dissatisfied with your smile due to excess gum tissue, you may benefit from a gum contouring procedure. To find out if you are eligible, schedule a consultation with Dr. Brown at Affordable Dental Clinics. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have. You can contact us online anytime or call our office at (970) 353-6249.

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I am very pleased with the service I received at Dr. Brown's office. All the people there are very nice and easy to work with. I would refer anyone to this office, I am very happy with my dental work done here.

-Barbara S.
Greeley, CO