• Dr. Johnson Ozgur

Gummy Smile: Laser Gum Contouring and Other Treatment Options

Too much gum can deliver a gummy smile. With laser gum contouring and other treatments, you can attain the perfect smile.

What is a gummy smile?

A gummy smile occurs when 3-4 millimetres of the gum line are exposed. It is also known as excessive gingival display and creates disproportionate teeth to gum ratio. Revealing more gum than your pearly whites undermines smile aesthetics. But gummy smiles are also influenced by other factors like the shape of teeth, lips' movement, length of teeth crown, and the jaw's angle.


Do gummy smiles look unattractive and repulsive?

The gum line plays a critical role in smile perfection. Beautiful smiles strike a perfect balance between visible teeth and gums. On the other hand, too much gum or teeth can create disharmony and undermine smile aesthetics. But gummy smiles are all about perception. Some k-pop idols, like BTS' Suga and BLACKPINK's Jennie, wear their gummy smiles beautifully and proudly. If you feel that your gummy smile is unattractive, there are several treatment options for smile makeovers.


Gummy Smile – Causes and Treatments?

Common causes of gummy smiles include altered passive eruption and dentoalveolar extrusion. These two conditions influence teeth vs. gum growth in adulthood, leading to gummy smiles. In addition, some people have a gummy smile because they have hyperactive upper lips. When they smile, their lips move dramatically and reveal more gum. Medications can also catalyze gum growth around your teeth and lead to a gummy smile, known as gingival hyperplasia.


Do I have a chance to change my gummy smile?

Yes, you can change your gummy smile. Treatment options for gummy smiles include laser gum contouring, Botox, dental implants, and porcelain veneers. But Botox and gum contouring are the two most common procedures for gummy smile correction. Your Toronto cosmetic dentist can combine gum contouring surgery with porcelain veneers and Botox for your smile makeover. Porcelain veneers are shells that mimic your tooth's colour. Overgrown gums can accumulate food and stain or discolour your teeth. In this case, your Toronto cosmetic dentist can recommend teeth whitening or use porcelain veneers to cover up stained teeth. Dental implants are replacement teeth used to restore beautiful smiles.


What is laser gum contouring?

Laser gum contouring or crown lengthening uses laser dentistry to reshape the gum line and make teeth crowns look longer. This cosmetic dental procedure frames the gums to showcase your pearly whites aesthetically and delivers beautiful smiles. Gum contouring is also known as gingivectomy and can help treat periodontal disease. Unfortunately, this gum disease increases the risk of gum recession, dental decay, heart disease, and high blood pressure.

What are the steps for laser crown lengthening procedures?

Cosmetic dentists perform gum contouring surgeries for gummy smiles in a single visit. Your Toronto cosmetic dentist will examine your tooth anatomy and recommend the best treatment option for gummy smile correction. You can use gum contouring before-and-after pictures to indicate your desired result. Because laser crown lengthening does not use traditional surgical tools, you'll only receive a local anesthetic. The procedure is quick and pain-free. Then, your dentist will use a laser to remove excess gum tissue. If you want a Hollywood smile, your Toronto cosmetic dentist can use porcelain veneers to make your teeth longer and whiter. Dental crowns can also give you perfectly-shaped teeth and a beautiful smile like Julia Roberts. To hasten the healing process, maintain good oral hygiene, eat soft foods, and avoid hot drinks for the first 24 hours. Incorporate dental care best practices in your daily life to enhance overall oral health.


How much does gum contouring cost in Canada?

On average, gum contouring in Toronto costs $50-$350 per tooth. But the crown lengthening cost across Canada varies depending on the number of teeth and the extent of gum overgrowth. You can pay more than $1,000 if the dentist has to remove excess gum around several teeth. The complexity of the treatment will also influence gum contouring price. If you're suffering from gum disease, you'll need a customized crown lengthening procedure with steps to treat periodontal disease and improve oral health. You can expect to pay more for customized gum contouring surgery. Crown lengthening molars also cost more because back teeth are more inaccessible than front teeth. But gum contouring is a cosmetic dentistry procedure, so most dental insurance policies don't cover gummy smile surgery costs. You can search "gum contouring cost near me" to find the most affordable treatment option. Toronto Smile Design offers gum contouring in Toronto with one of the best before-and-after results.

Does orthodontics treatment help with gummy smiles?

Jaw problems, misaligned bites, and other orthodontic issues can cause mild gummy smiles. It can help with gummy smiles after braces by fixing minor gum line problems unresolved by the braces.


What is Botox treatment?

Botox treatment is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that uses botulinum toxin (Botox) to address a gummy smile. Your cosmetic dentist injects Botox into your lips around the corners of the mouth. But how does Botox fix a gummy smile? This treatment option lowers the upper lip to cover your gums more. It slows down and prevents hyperactive upper lips from moving over your gum line when you smile. Botox treatment for smile transformation can give you a beautiful smile. But it is temporary, while gum contouring surgery is permanent. Your smile makeover after Botox injections can last for about 3-6 months.


How does Botox affect micro expressions?

Botox can help relax the orbicularis muscle in your lips, creating a more balanced smile. It makes your lips fuller, eliminates lip lines, and softens your smile. These transformations have a positive effect on micro expressions. For starters, softening your lip lines can restore the charm that defined your sexy, youthful smile. In addition, botox can relax frown lines, eradicate the angry and tired look, and refresh your facial expressions. Fuller lips deliver a more youthful smile than thin, wrinkled lips.


How will it cost to fix my smile?

Gummy smile Botox costs around $300–$500. It falls within the gum contouring price range. But you'll have to pay for Botox injections every 3-4 months. Crown lengthening procedures deliver permanent smile makeovers. You'll pay the gummy smile correction cost only once. So, gum contouring surgery is more cost-effective than gummy smile Botox in the long run.


Whether you seek gum reshaping, Botox, or orthodontic treatment, choose a qualified cosmetic dentist for gummy smile correction. You can search "gum contouring near me" or "gummy smile Botox near me" to find the best dental clinics. If you live in Toronto, look no further than Toronto Smile Design Clinic.

Smile Makeover with Laser Gum Contouring

Why Toronto Smile Design?

Dr. Johnson Ozgur is a Cosmetic Dentist in Toronto with a Master's Degree in Oral Surgery. He has years of experience in Cosmetic Dentistry, specializing in gummy smile correction, including laser gum contouring, orthodontic treatment, porcelain veneers, crowns, and dental implants. You can rely on Dr. Johnson for the best gum contouring before and after results. Contact us today!