In the past few months, we’ve had a number of patients who came in for gum contouring. This is a process, usually accomplished with a diode laser, that moves the tissue up – and moves it down in the lower arch – to make the teeth appear longer. I often use the analogy that it is like raising a window shade, making our windows look larger. This tissue overgrowth often follows orthodontic treatment, resulting in a “gummy smile.” In just a couple of minutes, often without the need for anesthesia (though topical anesthetic is often used), your appearance can be changed forever!
“I should have done it sooner!”
About the Author: Dr. Steve Marsh, DDS
Dr. Steve Marsh was born and raised in Cleveland, and has over 40 years of experience in dentistry. Nationally and internationally, he is the Immediate Past International President of the Alpha Omega International Dental Fraternity, is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and is a fellow of the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics.