How Can Laser Dentistry Treat a Gummy Smile?

Feeling insecure about one of your facial features can truly impact your life. While those around you are laughing at the funniest jokes and smiling wide in photographs with friends, if you suffer from a gummy smile, you may be overly self-conscious about your teeth. Instead of trying to hide your smile, why not seek help?

At Brighton Dental Associates, a popular Boston family dentistry practice, Dr. Lennox Lin is devoted to not only creating healthy smiles, but also ones that patients can get excited about. When a patient has a gummy smile, he explains, it means that he is born with a high gum line. As a result, the gum covers a larger portion of the teeth than in most other mouths. People with condition are often insecure because when they speak or smile, more of their gums show, and their teeth are not as exposed as they would like.

When patients express their concerns about gummy smiles, Dr. Lin advises them to consider treatments to correct the problem. Using a laser that specifically treats soft tissue such as the gums, your dentist will be able to trim off the excess gum tissue extending over your teeth.

Compared to using a scalpel to trim excess gum tissue, lasers are a lot less painful. Additionally, you won’t experience any bleeding with a laser, and you will not have any residual scars, as the wound will heal in just a few days. Best of all, the entire treatment can be completed in just one visit. If afterward, the wound heals and you feel that you need more tissue trimmed away, Dr. Lin can correct certain areas. Following this procedure, most patients find that the part of the tooth that is newly exposed is usually the same shade as the rest of the tooth. If there is any difference, Dr. Lin can perform a whitening treatment after the area has successfully healed to make everything look uniform.

With all of the advancements in dentistry, you may be surprised at how easily your dentist can correct the problems you’re experiencing. Before you can find the solutions though, you first need to meet with your dentist to examine your health and discuss your areas of concern.

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.

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