Sometimes teeth can appear too short, or your smile can seem a little “gummy”. We can easily solve these issues with gum contouring, which makes the teeth appear longer, with less gum showing. We use a laser to trim away and shape the gum tissue so that it looks neater and in proportion to the teeth.
Gum contouring can usually be completed in one visit, so there is no need for lots of time-consuming, repeat visits to check that the procedure has been effective. The results are visible after the first visit and the treatment is completely pain-free with no bleeding.
If your teeth appear too long, we usually have two options, depending on the reasons why they seem too long. If the problem is gum related we can carry out soft tissue grafting to make your gums a little longer, which will make your teeth seem shorter. Alternatively, we may be able to recontour your teeth which makes them appear shorter. The goal of tooth contouring and reshaping is to change the size or shape of the teeth so that slightly damaged or out of proportion teeth are brought back into alignment with the rest. Tooth contouring and reshaping takes place generally in one visit, although a follow-up visit is sometimes necessary. We will use various tools to carefully polishes off small areas of the tooth surface enamel and reforms the tooth into a more attractive shape. This is painless, and we do not go beyond the hard, protective enamel coating of your tooth.