When some patients look in the mirror, one of the first parts of their bodies that they notice is their mouth. Some people feel their teeth should be whiter, straighter, etc. One thing that more and more patients are starting to notice is their gums. Some gums overpower the smile, making the teeth look extremely short (like baby teeth), and some can make your smile look crooked. There are a few causes for these “gummy smiles” such as genetics, effects from medications and distorted gum development. After an evaluation by Dr. Giraldo and, possibly, X-rays, she will determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring using a laser. Using the laser, Dr. Giraldo can sculpt your gum line by removing excess gum tissue to expose more of your teeth. After removing the extra tissue, she can reshape your gums to create a more balanced smile.
The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes if only a small amount of excess tissue needs to be removed. With gum contouring, your gum line will appear more attractive and a lot healthier. Dr. Giraldo’s expertise not only with the laser, but with performing gum contouring with the laser, allows her to gently and painlessly re-create your entire smile tooth by tooth.