Gums Frame the Teeth

Healthy, well-contoured, pink gum tissue complements and frames the teeth. The aesthetic framing of the gum tissue is as important to the teeth as a quality frame is to a painting.

When you look at an attractive smile you not only see beautiful teeth but also gum tissue that is symmetrically draped around each tooth. The edge of the gum tissue (gingival margins) should be at the same height for the two front teeth and the two canines.

The gingival margin of the two lateral incisors, which are next to the front teeth, should be about 1 to 1 1/2 millimeters lower than the other teeth. Now we know what is normal gum tissue. What about tissue with poor contours?

Gum Contours

A common problem is unsymmetrical gum tissue, in that the gingival margins are not at an aesthetic position. The gum tissue could be lower on one front tooth and not the other, thereby; creating the appearance that one tooth is longer than the other.

Gum Contouring Examples

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  • Before-Gum Contouring & Bonding
    After-Gum Contouring & Bonding
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    After-Gum Contouring
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Another scenario would be that the gingival margins of all the teeth are at the same height or the teeth appear to be too short. Then there is the gummy smile. When an individual smiles, they show too much gum tissue.

How are these problems corrected?

Gum Lift and Contouring

Sometimes all that may be required is to contour the gum tissue to a more esthetically balanced appearance. This is called a simple cosmetic gum lift; the procedure’s done quickly and painlessly using a laser-like instrument. The tissue heals very quickly with very little discomfort.

The cosmetic gum lift is a remarkably simple cosmetic procedure that can make a tremendous difference to one’s smile. Consult your dentist if you think that you are a candidate for this procedure.

Gum Contouring Before and After


The First Look at Her New Smile


A Beautiful Smile, a Very Happy Patient


Wonders with Gum Contouring and Bonding



Dr. Marsh serves patients in the Cleveland, Ohio metropolitan area for all cosmetic dental procedures, including dental bonding, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, ceramic fillings, crowns & bridges, and extreme dental makeovers.