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Cosmetic dentistry has solutions for all kinds of aesthetic dental problems, including crooked, misshapen, discolored, and poorly-spaced teeth. But your gums play an important role in your smile as well. Gum contouring can be used to reshape your gumline and transform your smile.

Gum contouring is a quick, simple procedure used to alter the shape and position of gums. Gums that are too high cause what is called a “gummy smile,” and make teeth look shorter or smaller than they really are. Gums that are too low are often caused by gum recession and cane expose the more vulnerable roots of your teeth. Gum contouring can fix both of these conditions.

During a gum contouring treatment, Dr. Valerie Foster uses a laser instrument to reshape gums and remove excess gum material. Laser technology makes it a nearly painless process, and reduces bleeding as well. In fact, you probably won’t need anesthetic. It will either expose more crown or cover more root, depending on your needs. Your smile will also look better with a more standardized gumline.

While a valuable cosmetic tool, gum contouring can also be helpful in restorative procedures. High gums can interfere with the installation of a crown, treatment of tooth root fractures, and even braces.

Gum contouring can improve the appearance of your smile with a minimum of discomfort. To learn more about this or any of our other cosmetic procedures at Valerie A. Foster, DMD, PC, please call our Aloha, OR, office. Get started on your new smile today!