People with a gummy smile, one that shows too much gum, can be just as self-conscious about smiling as those with discoloured, broken, or missing teeth.
Gummy smiles can be caused by gums that grow too far down the teeth; hyperactive upper lip muscles that draw up the lip to reveal the gums; and excessive protrusion of the upper jaw bone into the gum tissue.
While gummy smiles are usually just a matter of aesthetics, if your gummy smile is a result of how the jaw developed and the teeth erupted, you may also have an uncomfortable or improper bite, which could negatively impact your long-term oral health.
The good news is that the cosmetic dentist in Harley Street Dental Clinic,in London, can help create a balanced smile for you with gum lift surgery.
Laser gum lifts help reshape an uneven or overly-dominant gum-line to help improve the appearance of the smile. As such, it is a cosmetic dentistry procedure rather than an oral health one.
A cosmetic dentist in Harley Street can offer several cutting-edge techniques to lift and sculpt the gum-line. Laser is a painless method used by our dentists to either reduce or increase the length of the gum so that it better fits the tooth structure.
Lasers seal the gum as they cut it, resulting in very little loss of blood. However, there may be some soreness and swelling afterwards, for which our dentists can prescribe painkillers. This procedure does not usually require time off work.
Some cases require more intensive work, involving dental surgery to remove bone and gum.
A Harley Street cosmetic dentist can make a full assessment of your gums, to recommend either a gum lift or another treatment to resolve your issues.
Our cosmetic dentistry team includes Dr Abel Moreira and Dr Bob McLelland, backed up by a team of dental nurses, hygienists and administrative staff. Together we aim to meet, and then exceed our patients’ needs, with personalised care delivered in peaceful, relaxing surroundings, using the latest equipment, techniques and materials. To make sure we deliver this we are checked by the Quality Care Commission. We were highly commended in the 2015 Private Dentistry Awards.