When it comes to improving the appearance of your smile, there are often several benefits that go beyond just enhancing your level of self-confidence. Many of the issues that impact your smile’s appearance also affect your oral health in different, often negative ways. By addressing them with the right treatment, you can improve the long-term state of your oral health as well as the esthetics of your smile. For example, gum contouring is often considered a cosmetic treatment designed to address a gummy smile. Yet, the advantages to straightening an uneven gum line with personalized contouring can go well beyond improving how your gums look as they frame your teeth.
What gum contouring consists of
Gum contouring is the process of gently and precisely trimming excess amounts of gum tissue that cover disproportionate areas of your teeth. The visible impact of this condition, which is often referred to as a gummy smile, can have a disorienting influence on your smile, making your teeth seem asymmetrical or out of alignment. When designing your gum contouring procedure, your dentist will carefully take all aspects of your smile and oral health into consideration to create optimal results with minimal impact on your surrounding healthy gum tissues.
The long-term health of your gums
When your gums don’t align correctly over all of your teeth, the way they look isn’t the most serious concern. Your gums are vital to protecting the roots of your teeth, and your gum line is the first line of defense against oral bacteria working their way toward your roots. If this line is uneven, it can be more difficult to successfully clean away the oral bacteria that buildup along it each day. Over time, this can increase your risks of developing gum disease, which can progressively erode your gum tissues and the other structures that support your teeth roots.
Managing the integrity of your teeth
Straightening an uneven gum line can go a long way in improving your efforts at preventing gum disease, which in turn helps you reduce your risk of more serious oral health concerns, such as tooth loss. The development and progression of severe gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for adults, and preserving your healthy smile can depend on effectively preventing or managing the disease, if it develops. With a straighter and more symmetrical gum line, your efforts at gum disease prevention or management can be much more successful long-term.
Learn if you can benefit from gum contouring
By creating a more symmetrical gum line with personalized treatment, we can help you improve several aspects of your oral health beyond the appearance of your smile. To learn more, contact our office by calling Syosset Dental in Syosset, NY, today at 516-433-2211 or 516-921-6930.