Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping
Laser Gum Lifts and Gum Reshaping can be used to treat a gummy smile. A 'gummy smile' is an aesthetic issue that affects many people. A gummy smile is showing too much gum when you smile either because the teeth are too small or because the upper lip lifts up too much. Depending on the cause of the gummy smile there are several treatments that can help.
Laser Gum Lifts - What is involved?
Often a gummy smile happens when teeth are covered by a flap of gum and the healthy enamel of the tooth is hidden under the gum making the teeth look too short. In these cases, a laser gum lift can be used as a simple procedure to correct the gummy smile or adjust the uneven gum line. We often use this procedure to correct the height and alignment of the gum prior to other treatments such as porcelain veneers.
If the teeth are not covered by the gum and the problem is a "hyperactive upper lip", then we may recommend a small dose of botox to relax the top lip muscles. This is a reversible procedure and is a conservative approach in very pronounced cases of gummy smile.
At Adelaide Cosmetic Dentistry, we use a Waterlase laser to perform various laser treatments including gum lifts.
Usually, only one laser treatment is required and the procedure does not require packs or sutures. It is very important for your smile to be assessed to see if you are a suitable candidate for the treatment gum tissue types vary greatly between individuals.
Waterlase laser is also used for the treatment of various lesions on lips and gums, treatment of gum disease, and reduction of tooth sensitivity giving brilliant instant results.
So how does the procedure work? It’s simple