Imagine your smile is a framed picture. There are 3 elements – the frame (lips), the matting (gums) and the picture (teeth). It's the combination of all three that defines the image and if they are not balanced and harmonized it won't look right.
When some people smile there seems to be more gums showing than teeth. It's called a gummy smile. An uneven gum-line can also make the teeth appear to have different lengths. This detracts from the appearance of what might otherwise be an attractive smile. It's the teeth that should have centre stage and there is a relatively simple procedure to achieve this. It's called a gum lift.
A gum lift (gingivectomy) requires the removal of gum to make the teeth appear longer and the gum-line even.
The procedure involves numbing the area and removing the excess gum. The procedure is not painful, but some mild discomfort can be expected a day or two afterwards. We instruct our patients to use an antiseptic mouth rinse and apply upward pressure on the gums as they heal.
The gum is not damaged and the procedure can usually be completed in about 30 minutes.
If you think your smile needs some balance, contact Gentle Dental Care today.
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