Treatment options for your gummy smile

Many issues can affect the look of your mouth, teeth, and gums. From a severe overbite or discoloration to missing a few teeth, the various problems can affect your smile’s appearance and your self-esteem. While surprising to hear, millions of people suffer with a “gummy smile.” This may not be a serious dental condition, but it can create self-esteem issues, reducing your reasons to smile. Thankfully, cosmetic dentistry treatments are available for this unique condition.

Laser Treatments

Gum contouring is an innovative option that uses lasers to remove excessive gum tissue from your mouth. While this is a less invasive procedure compared to surgical removal, a light anesthetic is necessary to numb the mouth and gum tissue.

After administering the anesthetic, the dentist will use the laser to trim away excess tissue from the gum line. Since the lasers cauterize while trimming, you will not experience much bleeding or discomfort.

Laser gum contouring can be performed in the dentist’s office in little time, so it is a smart option if you prefer fast results. Of course, following your dentist’s instructions after the procedure are essential for recovery without complications. Gums will be sore and inflamed for a few days after the treatment, so consuming soft foods is best for the first week. Take an over-the-counter ibuprofen for pain relief.

Gum Bleaching

Laser gum contouring is a safe, effective treatment, but you may prefer a less invasive option such as gum bleaching.

Gum bleaching does not remove excess tissue from the gum line, but it can lighten the tissue. This lightening decreases the appearance, making the gummy smile less noticeable.

Of course, continuous bleaching treatments are necessary to improve the look of your gummy smile.


If you have a gummy smile and alignment issues with your bite, consider consulting an orthodontist. In many cases, the excessive amount of gum tissue may stem from a protruding jaw or misaligned teeth.

After a detailed consultation, your orthodontist may be able to gradually move teeth using braces, reducing the appearance of your gummy smile.

A gummy smile may weaken your confidence, but treatment is available. To learn how cosmetic dentistry can reduce your gummy smile, call our caring team at the office of Dr. Beth Tomlin today.

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