Cosmetic treatment for gum tissue

Are your gums uneven, too thick, too high, or too low? Your smile can be enhanced with the help of an artistic cosmetic dentist.

Gum contouring, also referred to as gum tissue sculpting or gum reshaping, can shape your gums and enhance your smile. Gum grafting is used when gums recede.

Genetics, medication, age, hormonal changes, and periodontal (gum) disease, are all factors that can affect the appearance of your gum tissue. The tissue can be excessive, uneven, or recede. In any of these cases, a cosmetic dentist can help in just one appointment.

Gum contouring

Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure. In most cases, it is not medically necessary, so if you have dental insurance, it will provide little, if any, coverage for the procedure.

Contouring is completed in the dentist’s office. Usually, only one appointment is required. A dental laser is used to remove excess gum tissue and reshape your gums. It cauterizes as it cuts, to assist in the healing process.

The affected area will be numbed prior to treatment. Most patients find that the procedure is pain free. During the healing period, avoid foods that are hard, crunch, or sticky. Gently floss between your teeth and brush them.

Gum grafting

Hormonal changes, aggressive tooth brushing, or periodontal disease can cause gum recession. If you have too little gum tissue, grafting may be needed. Grafts can cover exposed tooth roots and reduce sensitivity in teeth and protect them from decay. The tissue can be taken from your palate or a donor source.

Before you select a dentist to graft or contour gum tissue, check his or her credentials and experience. Ask how many cases the dentist has completed. You can also request to see before-and-after pictures of cases that the dentist has completed.

This post is sponsored by award-winning NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.

How will a snap on smile look in my wedding pictures?

I don’t have time or money for braces. I need to use my money for my wedding in Sept. of this year. I am looking at my options for getting my teeth to look better. How will a snap on smile look for my wedding pictures? Thanks. Kayla

Kayla – Depending on what is detracting from your smile, a Snap-On Smile may be able to enhance it. It will conceal teeth that are missing, misshaped, discolored, or have gaps.

An examination of your teeth will determine the best and quickest options for transforming your smile. For a Snap-On Smile, impressions of your teeth are taken to make a customized appliance. In about three weeks, it will be ready for you to try on. Your dentist will make any needed adjustments to ensure that it fits well. The smile makeover fits over your natural teeth. Depending on the size and shape of your natural teeth, the appliance may make your teeth look bulky.

Many people use the Snap-On Smile for special occasions, or while waiting for permanent restorations for their teeth. It will take just a couple of weeks to get used to speaking with it. If you decide to get the appliance for your wedding, you may benefit by receiving it three weeks to a month before your wedding. This will give you time to get used to wearing it.

You can eat and drink most foods while wearing the Snap-On Smile, but avoid sticky foods, and avoid chewing gum while wearing it. If the appliance is not worn every day, and if you take care of it, it will last several years.

There are other alternatives that may improve the appearance of your smile. Teeth whitening can be used to brighten your smile. Cosmetic bonding can be mixed to match the color of your teeth, reshape them, and improve the alignment.

This post is sponsored by Bedminster, NJ dentist Dr. Allyson Hurley.