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You’re at a party with all of your friends. Everyone is having a great time. Suddenly, someone decides that it’s time for a group picture. All of a sudden, your mood changes. It’s all that you can do to keep from covering up your gummy smile in the photo. Lots of people have been in this position before. Fortunately, there are a number of dental solutions to give you the smile you want. Dental advancements such as gum recontouring in Houston, TX can do wonders.

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What Causes a Gummy Smile?

There are many reasons why people have an excess of gum tissue. Most have to do with genetics and the way your facial structure develops.

Teeth may appear short due to not having properly erupted from the jaw. Some people may simply have teeth that are relatively short. Others may have longer gums.

Whatever the reason, consulting a dentist about your options will put you on the right track. Many options can have a dramatic impact on your smile very quickly.

What Are My Options?

No two smiles are the same. Depending on the underlying reasons for your smile, different treatment choices will work better than others. Your dentist will be able to tell you the ideal treatment plan for you.

Some of the most common are:

  • Laser Gum Recontouring: This is a simple, effective treatment that yields dynamic results in a single visit. The dentist uses a soft-tissue laser to remove some of your extra gum tissue and quickly reshape how it looks around your teeth. The procedure is painless, and you’ll go home with an instantly improved smile.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are a proven way to improve the shape and the color of your teeth. With minimal preparation, the dentist can place these thin porcelain shells on the front of your teeth, making them appear longer and brighter.
  • Whitening: Used in conjunction with laser gum recontouring, whitening can take your smile to the next level. Most dental practices offer both in-office and at-home whitening procedures so that you can get the results you want in the way that’s most comfortable for you.

It’s time to get your confidence back. With any of these techniques, you’ll be smiling in those group photos in no time.

About the Author

Dr. Mark Gray is a cosmetic dentist with decades of experience under his belt. He has made it his goal to stay on top of the latest technology and best techniques in dentistry. He is a member of multiple dental organizations and is a Faculty Club member of the Spear Education Group, which is dedicated to providing the absolute best that dentistry has to offer. He loves the satisfaction that comes from completely transforming someone’s smile and changing their life. He and his dedicated team are here to answer any cosmetic questions you have.