Gumlift/Gum Recontouring

NYC Cosmetic Dentists Serving Manhattan and New York, NY

You may look at your smile and think, “My teeth are pretty but my smile is too gummy” or “My teeth do not look long enough.” The solution to this problem may be a gum lift. Gum lift, also known as gum-line contouring, is a cosmetic dentistry treatment in which your gum volume is reshaped.

Can the laser energy damage my teeth? 

The FDA first approved diode lasers for dental use over 25 years ago. They were studied extensively prior to that approval. The key is the difference in density between the gum tissue and the tooth. The laser wavelength is set to vaporize the gum tissue, while leaving the tooth behind it unaffected.

Ideal candidates for gum recontouring

If your gums are overly visible, a “gummy smile,” you’re a good candidate for gum recontouring with Dr. Mello and Dr. Tabib. These are typically done as cosmetic treatments to remove excess gum tissue and show more of the tooth surface. This makes the teeth look longer. That’s why gum recontouring is often also known as crown lengthening; it makes the crowns (the visible portion above the gum line) of your teeth look longer.
At NYC Smile Design, we use two soft tissue diode lasers for our gum recontouring. The laser energy gently cuts away excess gum tissue, creating a more uniform, natural-looking scalloped gum line.

How Gum Recontouring Enhances Your Smile

Experienced cosmetic dentists Dr. Ramin Tabib and Dr. Elisa Mello use laser dentistry technology to reshape gum tissue, with the ultimate purpose of giving you a great smile. Many of our gum lift patients seek out cosmetic dentistry because they are unhappy with the following:

  • Teeth that look like they are too short
  • Bulging or excessive gum tissue surrounding your teeth
  • Uneven gum line
  • When you smile, excessive gum tissue shows

When looking at what is considered to be a beautiful smile, it's not only nice teeth that you see; you also see a symmetrical gum line with an aesthetically pleasing ratio of gum-to-tooth. If your teeth remain partially covered by your gum tissue, we can remove enough of this excess gum to showcase your teeth, and create the right proportion for your smile.

Asymmetry of gum tissue is another common problem, when there are one or two teeth that have a lower gum line than the rest of the teeth in your smile. This is distracting and takes away from the beauty of your smile. Evening off the gum lines of these teeth will make the whole smile look better, bringing the ratio of gum-to-tooth closer to ideal.

What to expect during your consultation

When you visit the office for a Gum Lift consultation, expect to fill out a few necessary forms. The dentist needs to know a bit of your medical history, lifestyle habits, and needs to know all medications and supplements you are currently taking. When you meet the dentist, you will discuss why you want to have a Gum Lift and how you would like your smile to look. The dentist will perform an examination. X-rays may also be taken to observe the structure of the teeth and jawbone. Information regarding the Gum Lift procedure is then discussed. If you have questions, this is the time to ask them.

Patient Testimonial

"Dr Tabib and Dr Mello are both warm, sensitive practitioners. My dental issues had caused me pain and shyness all my life, and with them and their warm staff, I always felt accepted and cared for. I felt no pain during my treatments which was important to me, as my treatments with past practitioners had been traumatic. My results are gorgeous and well worth the investment. My thanks to NYC Smile Design for their wonderful care and sensitivities! They are the best! 100 stars!!"

Schedule a Client Consultation

If you live in or around Manhattan, New York City or the surrounding areas and are interested in a gum lift to recontour your gum line, please call NYC Smile Design at 212-452-3344 to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists.