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Have a Gummy Smile?

Have A Gummy Smile?

Some people look at themselves in the mirror and cannot see beyond their gummy smile.

After all, your smile is one of your most important attributes. It makes you attractive to other people, warm, welcoming and friendly. Your smile can open a conversation as well as close a business deal. It can make people feel comfortable around you, respond to you and want to get to know you.

So when there is something you are not happy about with your smile, it is sometimes not so easy just to ignore it. It can affect your confidence and your self-esteem and, if you don’t smile so freely, it can take longer for people to warm to you.

One issue that many people have with the quality of their smile is that they are too ‘gummy’. Gummy? Yes, that is the technical word for it. Some people simply show a lot of gum when they smile. It is not due to any medical condition and nor is it detrimental to the long-term health of your teeth or gums. The sole reason for having treatment for a gummy smile is for cosmetic improvement.

Gummy Smile vs a Normal Smile
Gummy Smile vs a Normal Smile

If you mention the phrase ‘cosmetic dental work’ to most people, they immediately start to think of Hollywood, celebrities and very expensive treatments that people who live in the real world cannot afford. But let’s just hold on a minute. Not all cosmetic treatments have to cost a small fortune!!! Improvements to a gummy smile can be made at a much more affordable cost.

The most popular treatment for a gummy smile is called gum contouring.

Your dentist will use a special laser to trim and shape your gums into the perfect smile. It is a fairly straightforward process performed under local anaesthetic. It’s also made much easier by the laser naturally seals up the wounds it makes as the gums are cut away. Therefore, there is no need for any messy stitches which increase the healing time.

Gum contouring is really only suitable for cases where the gums need to be trimmed and shaped lightly. When a greater effect is desired, a different surgical procedure may be required. This is a procedure known as crown lengthening, during which the gums are re-shaped, cut away from the tooth and replaced in the best position. Stitches will be required to hold the gums into their new positions, so the healing time is longer for this procedure. When the gums have completely healed, you may return to your dentist to have them slightly reshaped again – leaving you with your perfect smile!

For many patients interested in improving the aesthetics of their smile, gum contouring is their first step. The whole plan may, such as, also include orthodontic work to straighten a crooked smile. Alternatively, it may also include veneers or whitening to make your teeth gleam. After all, now the gums have been trimmed then the focus really will be on your pearly whites!

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Dr Tina Tavakol

Dental On Park is headed by Dr. Tina Tavakol- BDSc. (Dentist) (Qld.) She is a member of the Australian Dental Association, is a Certified Invisalign Practitioner, Certified Inman Aligner Practitioner and Certified MDI Mini- Implant Practitioner. She is also a visiting dentist at St. Andrews Hospital in Spring Hill. Dr. Tvavakol prides herself for providing thorough comprehensive dentistry that pays attention to detail. Thoroughness - she insists - helps patients maintain their teeth for a lifetime at minimal cost.'


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