As you age, a lot can change. From your hair color to your hearing, big and little changes can begin to impact your life. Sadly, your smile is not immune to the effects of aging. In fact, excessive gum tissue is a common complaint of senior dental patients. Fortunately, much like other cosmetic concerns, it is possible to improve the appearance of a “gummy” smile. Gum contouring makes it possible to improve the esthetics of your gum line, so you can enjoy a younger-looking and more beautiful smile!
While people are so caught up in making their bodies look good, a survey by the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) found that about 50 percent of people consider a smile the first facial feature they notice. Your smile is a huge part of your appearance, and Dr. Fondriest can give you a smile that’s worth honoring.
What Is Involved in Gum Contouring?
In some cases, gum contouring may be completed by a skilled cosmetic dentist. However in many cases, your cosmetic dentist will actually work closely with a periodontal specialist or an oral surgeon, who will complete the actual contouring procedure. By working with a cosmetic dentistry specialist, first, you are able to discuss your overall goal for your smile, and to devise a customized makeover accordingly. In many cases, gum contouring may be only one part of a total enhancement. Veneers or whitening might also be needed to completely rejuvenate the smile.
The AAP poll revealed that people are seven times more likely to have periodontal and smile enhancements than face lifts. Cosmetic surgery can make you look younger, but Dr. Fondriest has a better solution: smile! Smiling lifts up your facial muscles to help you look younger and more confident. Almost 70 percent of men admitted that they think a woman looks more attractive when she is smiling than when she is wearing any makeup. While Botox may be able to remove features that make you look older, like wrinkles, Dr. Fondriest can also make your smile look brand new. Whitening, veneers, and other cosmetic enhancements can help mask discolorations and defects on your teeth that make your smile look aged and worn out.
The AAP also found that smile enhancement procedures outnumbered eyelid surgeries five to one. Just like eyelid surgeries can expose more of your eye, gum lifts can reveal more of your teeth! If you have a “gummy smile,” Dr. Fondriest offers crown lengthening to remove excess gum tissue and make your teeth look longer and brighter.
The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that people who have had smile-enhancing treatments are rated as more attractive, popular, successful, and friendly. If you’re going to choose to have cosmetic enhancements, you’re better off picking safe and healthy smile enhancements that look natural and beautiful.
How Do You Know If Gum Contouring Is What Your Smile Needs?
When the gums are the biggest issue with the smile, gum contouring is likely necessary to improve its appearance. Fortunately, modern advancements in dentistry make this procedure less invasive than in the past, and recovery time much quicker.
That is because lasers are now used to complete most gum contouring. These lasers allow the surgeon or dentist to sculpt the tissue and seal it at the same time, which prevents the need for stitches. This subsequently helps to reduce bleeding and swelling, which greatly minimizes the time required for a full recovery, and the discomfort.