A gum lift or gum contouring procedure involves gently removing excess gum tissue by contouring and shaping the “gummy” section of your smile. Using a gentle diode laser, the dentist will sculpt the gum level to remove the gummy part and reshape the smile. The result is a much bigger, whiter, and more gorgeous smile.
This procedure is also very often used in combination with a smile makeover using porcelain veneers. The gum lift helps to ensure symmetry and smoothness to the overall smile result.
The limitations in a gum lift procedure have to do with just how much sculpting we can do with our laser. There is a certain amount of gum tissue needed around your teeth in order to have a healthy tooth-gum balance. This measurement is called the biologic width. If you have a gummy smile that can not be improved with the laser alone, there are other options available. The best way to find out if we can fix your gummy smile is to schedule a consultation appointment with our team.
At this appointment, we will take digital photos and review them with you. We will also make measurements of your gums to find out how we can best achieve the results you desire. Some of our most dramatic and beautiful smile results are accomplished with this simple, conservative, and gentle procedure. Our experience in leading-edge cosmetic procedures has helped Atlanta Dental Spa win many awards and earn national recognition for cosmetic excellence.
Atlanta Dental Spa also offers Botox to minimize a gummy smile. In many cases, a gummy smile is caused by the muscle activity of the smile muscles lifting too much in relation to the gum line. Using Botox causes this muscle activity to decrease slightly. Using just 2 small injections (1 on either side of the nostrils), the muscle activity can be reduced and less of your gums will appear in your smile. Botox effects last around 4-6 months.