The way your gums frame your teeth affects the overall appearance and balance of your smile. Even if a patient has straight, symmetrical teeth, an uneven or disproportional gumline can tarnish a smile. Just as teeth can be cosmetically altered to have a more desirable shape, alignment and color, your gums can be improved to complement your smile using laser recontouring.
Dr. Mailloux can use a soft-tissue diode laser to remove excess gum tissue and lengthen the visible crown part of a tooth for patients who are self-conscious about having a “gummy” smile that causes their teeth to look shorter. Laser recontouring is a simple and virtually painless remedy. The laser’s heat vaporizes minuscule amounts of tissue while smoothing and sealing the resculpted edge to prevent bleeding.
For most patients, laser gum treatment is purely cosmetic and not medically necessary, but the treatment can also be used in conjunction with routine periodontal maintenance to reduce deep gum pockets and regenerate recessed tissue. Healthy gum tissue shaped firmly around your teeth creates a necessary foundation for the longevity of your smile.
Please contact the office today at (616) 392-3717 if you have questions or concerns about the shape of your gums.