Everything you need to know before considering laser gum contouring

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Photo credit: Melodie Jeng
Photo credit: Melodie Jeng

Gum contouring may require less commitment than popular treatments such as veneers or composite bonding, but the results can be equally transformative. The process involves shaping the gums via a laser to best showcase your natural teeth, reducing a gummy smile and increasing symmetry in the process.

Here, Dr. Mital Shah, specialist in periodontics at Chelsea Dental Clinic, answers your every question.

What is gum contouring?

“Gum contouring, also known as a ‘gum lift’, is a treatment that is designed to improve the proportions of your teeth and to reduce the amount of gum tissue shown when smiling, talking, or laughing. It involves the precise removal of excess gum and, where necessary, bone tissue around teeth, using a laser and microsurgical instruments. The results are instantaneous and capable of completely transforming your smile.”

Who might be suitable for gum contouring?

“All patients may benefit from gum contouring, either on its own or as part of a wider cosmetic makeover. Patients who present with small tooth proportions, worn-down teeth or with a ‘gummy smile’ will especially benefit from the procedure.”

Can gum contouring be used alone or in combination with other treatments?

“If you are happy with the overall alignment and shape of the teeth, then gum contouring may be used alone as a finishing touch to deliver the perfect proportion and symmetry of teeth and gums when smiling. More frequently, gum contouring is performed in combination with orthodontic alignment, tooth whitening, composite bonding or the placement of porcelain veneers, to deliver a natural-feeling smile that blends harmoniously with your face. If the main reason for seeking treatment is to tackle a ‘gummy smile’, then Botox application, lip fillers and even a lip-repositioning procedure may also be recommended to transform your smile.”

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What does gum contouring cost?

“Typical prices start from £2,500. The price will vary depending on the number of teeth treated and the overall complexity of treatment. A consultation to assess your suitability for gum contouring will be required, and should include x-rays and a bespoke digital simulation of the potential result.”

Are the results permanent?

“The precise treatment will be prescribed for the individual problem to ensure lifelong results that stand the test of time.”

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