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Even if you have perfect, straight, white teeth, flashing a lot of gum whenever you smile can make you feel self-conscious and prevent you from smiling when having your photo taken or naturally in your daily life. If a ‘gummy’ smile is a problem for you, there is a solution – a dental procedure known as gum contouring that increases the length of teeth and minimises the visible gum to give you a radiant, confident smile.

A ‘gummy’ smile means that the gum to tooth ratio when you smile is out of proportion. Gum contouring is a simple and effective procedure to bring this ratio into balance, and is often performed alongside other cosmetic procedures such as crowns and veneers to ensure a perfect smile.

The procedure is quite quick and performed under local anaesthetic, rather like a filling, however it is a highly skilled procedure requiring the steady hand and experience of one of our highly-trained dentists. Once you have had a consultation with one of our dentists they will have an understanding of how much gum should be removed in order to achieve cosmetic aesthetic perfection. They will then expertly trim or laser the gum area to lengthen the teeth and reduce the visible gum area, as well as creating an even cosmetic appearance.

Recovery time is quick and any mild discomfort from sore or swollen gums should last no more than a week. Any discomfort should be minimal and will not interfere with daily activities such as speaking, eating or drinking.

In terms of aftercare, your dentist will recommend that you avoid brush the area treated and use lukewarm salt water rinses regularly to assist in healing. Ensuring the area remains clean and free of food particles is essential to your recovery. Your teeth may also be sensitive immediately following the procedure so it’s best to avoid drinking anything too hot or cold for a time afterwards.

There’s no need to suffer insecurity over a ‘gummy’ smile when the highly-trained team at Pitt St Dental Centre can readily and safely use gum contouring to give you a smile you can flash with complete confidence.

When considering a procedure such as gum contouring it is vital that you choose a highly-experienced dentist to avoid any long-term repercussions. Put yourself in trusted hands with the team at Pitt St Dental Centre. Our team would be delighted to discuss your available options for perfecting your smile with gum contouring. For more information, please call us on (02) 9223 4767 or click here to email us.

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