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Change Your Smile, But Not Your Teeth

Posted on November 11th, 2017

Your smile says a lot about you.

Smiling lets other people know that you are happy to be somewhere, or if it’s a forced smile, that maybe you are being polite. When you don’t smile, however, it’s easy for people to misunderstand what you may be like.

If you are aware that you have a gummy smile, you may not smile as much as other people. Someone meeting you for the first time could take this to mean that you don’t like them or possibly that you aren’t a friendly person.

We want you to feel confident about your smile and comfortable sharing it with the people around you. This is why our team at Atlanta West Dentistry wants you to know about our gum reshaping treatment.

In general, the first thing that comes to mind when people think about smiles is teeth. If you have a gummy smile, however, then you may be self-conscious for a completely different reason.

We can help you just as we have helped many patients at our Marietta, GA office. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation with one of our dentists, call (770) 941-6979 .

Defining A Gummy Smile

The simple definition of a gummy smile is a smile that reveals as much or more gum tissue than it does teeth.

The real issue isn’t how much of your gum tissue shows when you smile, but rather how you feel about the gum tissue in your smile. Some people are comfortable with a higher gum-to-teeth ratio. Other people may start to feel self-conscious because they would like to have less gum tissue showing when they smile … even if they still show more teeth than gums.

The point is this: If you believe your smile is too “gummy,” then our gum reshaping may be just what you need to feel satisfied with your smile.

Gum reshaping is done to reduce the amount of gum tissue in your mouth. By removing some of your gum tissue, we can alter what people see with you open your lips to smile.

By reducing the size of your gums, you can have a gum-to-teeth ratio that helps you feel good about smiling whether you are greeting a potential employer or client or when someone is taking a “selfie” to post to social media.

At Atlanta West Dentistry, we want to work with you to create the smile that you want to see when you look in the mirror.

Why Gum Reshaping Is Better At Our Office

At one time, gum reshaping could have been a fairly intimidating procedure.

But it doesn’t have to be. That’s especially true if you come to our practice. Why? We perform gum reshaping with the help of dental lasers.

This is a big improvement over the way people used to do gum reshaping.

The old ways involved using a scalpel to cut away parts of someone’s gum tissue. While the patient would be numb or sedated during the procedure, cutting his or her gums would involve bleeding.

When the treatment was finished, that meant the dentist would have to use stitches to close the tissue so it could heal. That also meant the patient would have to return later to have those stitches removed.

The final result was a more attractive smile, but the process for getting there was not exactly pleasant.

By using laser dentistry, we can achieve the result, but the process is better for everyone involved.

In effect, the laser evaporates gum tissue instead of cutting through it. This reduces the bleeding considerably, but our laser does something else at the same time. It seals the remaining tissue.

This means in most cases, you will not need stitches for your gums. The reduced trauma to your gum tissue also reduces the time you need to recover from the procedure.

And that means you can start showing off your new smile sooner.

Now, we also offer local anesthetic and sedation options. If you are worried that the procedure could be painful, it won’t be if you come to Atlanta West Dentistry.

Are You Ready To Change Your Smile?

If so, then your first step should be to set up a free consultation at our Marietta, GA dentist office. Start by filling out our online form or by calling (770) 941-6979 to request your appointment.

We look forward to seeing you and your smile!