Much of cosmetic dentistry focuses on the size, shape, and appearance of your teeth. Yet, your smile’s appearance is also significantly affected by the shape and appearance of your gum line. For instance, even if your teeth are perfectly healthy, excessive or uneven gum tissues that cover a disproportionate amount of your tooth structure can make your smile seem “off” somehow. Fortunately, modern cosmetic dentistry also includes esthetic gum lifts that allow your dentist to shape your gum line for a more symmetrical and attractive appearance.
What is a gum lift?
A gum lift is the process of carefully measuring the gum line covering the roots of your teeth and adjusting it through strategic trimming away of excess tissues. The procedure allows your dentist to shape your gum line into a more symmetrical contour that complements the cosmetic appeal of your smile.
Will a gum lift help me prevent gum disease?
In addition to the esthetic benefits of a straighter gum line, you can also enjoy reduced risks of gingivitis, which is caused by oral bacteria gathering underneath your gums. As the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis can pose a significant threat to patients with gummy smiles. A gum lift can reduce those risks by making it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
Can a gum lift be performed with other procedures?
Like most other cosmetic dentistry procedures, a gum lift can be performed separately or as part of a larger smile makeover plan. If your gummy smile is also affected by severe stains, chipped or worn teeth, or more, then your dentist may consult with you to develop a conservative smile makeover, including a gum lift to ensure that your gum line matches your new smile.
Ask Your Dentist if a Gum Lift Is Right for You
If you have a gummy smile, then a cosmetic gum lift can improve its appearance as well as reduce your risks of experiencing periodontal troubles, like gum disease. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.