Whether you are born with it, they appear with age or through damage to the gums, a gummy smile can hold back your full smile. Gummy smiles refers to a larger than normal area of gum being shown when they smile. For many people this causes no problems and can be left as is, for other it can sap their confidence and make them insecure. For those people who would like a change, your local Leeds dentist offers way to alter your gummy smile to reduce the amount of gum shown, this is purely a cosmetic decision and a gummy smile will not affect your medical/dental health.
Gummy smiles can be naturally occurring in some people. But for many people it begins to occur as they age. Whatever the reason, many people would prefer to have just a hint of gum showing when they smile. Your dentist can alter your gums to create this appearance with gum contouring. With a scalpel or laser, your dentist is able to remove a small strip of soft tissue from the roof of the mouth and then apply to the top or bottom part of the gum. To create the natural appearance the edge of the gum will be physically moved down, exposing an area above or below where the strip of tissue can be placed. The soft tissue need only be held in place temporarily before new blood vessels grow that reconnect it to the mouth, making it indistinguishable from the surrounding gums.
Altering your smile is a personal choice that you need to make for yourself but your dentist will be there at each stage to guide you through the decision and help you make the best choices. The operation is minor and it will normally heal quickly and you’ll be able to return to life with a bright new smile.