Smile, and the whole world smiles with you. But what happens when you’ve got a gummy smile that you’d rather not share? If that’s the situation that you find yourself in, you’re not alone.
Thankfully, we’ve helped countless people who have a gummy smile by restoring a natural balance between teeth, gums, and lips to provide a beautiful and flawless grin. How do we do this? The answer – laser gum lifts.
A laser gum lift is a procedure that helps reshape your gum, meaning there’ll be less on show. Your teeth will beam like never before.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the laser gum lift treatment in more depth.
What Makes a Smile Appear Gummy?
When you look in the mirror and smile, what do you see? If your gums appear larger than your teeth, there could be a few reasons. These include genetics, a reaction to certain medications, or it might just be the way that your teeth and gums appear.
One common problem is gingival hyperplasia or gingival hypertrophy. If you have this, your gums will be enlarged. This, in turn, can make your teeth look too small for your mouth.
Where the gum is enlarged, there is an increased potential risk of gingivitis or the more serious periodontitis.
How Do Laser Gum Lifts Work?
Using state of the art laser technology, our cosmetic dentist Dr Tim Bradstock-Smith will gently sculpt and reshape your gums. This will expose more of the tooth below, creating a better overall aesthetic and a more pleasing smile.
Dr Bradstock-Smith has the hands of an artist and has carried out this procedure numerous times to great effect. The entire treatment can usually be done in just one session.
Is Laser Gum Lift Painful?
When deciding to have any cosmetic dental procedure, you’ll probably want to know whether you can expect any discomfort either during or just after treatment. Fortunately, a laser gum lift is a relatively pain-free treatment option.
This is because as the laser sculpts the gum, and excess tissue is removed, the blood vessels will be sealed automatically. This helps reduce later swelling and bleeding.
Following the procedure, you may experience some mild soreness and tenderness. This can be managed easily with over-the-counter pain medication.
During your recovery, you can brush your teeth and floss as you usually would, however, you should take care to avoid irritating the gums while brushing and use a soft toothbrush.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Gum Lifts?
Laser gum lifts are an effective solution for gummy smiles. Through the use of lasers, it is possible to improve the position and the shape of the gum line so that you achieve a natural smile.
Due to the noninvasive nature of the procedure, you’ll experience significantly less postoperative discomfort with laser gum lifts compared with other routes, meaning recovery time is minimal.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you’d like to know more about laser gum lifts and whether they could help you, schedule a consultation with us today.