Teeth are likely the first thing people think about when the word “smile” is mentioned. Yet teeth comprise only one part of your smile. And this part can be significantly diminished if excessive gum tissue is obscuring it.
While the term “gummy smile” is somewhat subjective – we all have gums, after all – people who struggle with overly large gums can often benefit from gummy smile treatment. With this treatment, Indianapolis cosmetic dentist Dr. John Phelps can reduce gum tissue to help:
- Expose more of your tooth enamel
- Improve the apparent size and shape of teeth
- Reduce visible gum tissue when smiling
Gum recontouring allows Dr. Phelps to produce an ideal relation between teeth and gums, and can often be completed in less than one hour at our comfortable and conveniently located Indianapolis office.
In addition to gum recontouring, it may be necessary to provide restorations on specially selected teeth to fully reduce the appearance of excessive gum tissue. Restorations that may be used to elongate the teeth or to produce a more uniform size and shape include:
- Dental bonding
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns
These cosmetic dentistry treatments can be combined with recontouring when needed or used as a stand-alone for the correction of a gummy smile. During your consultation with Dr. Phelps, all options will be discussed in greater detail to help you fully plan for your gummy smile treatment.
If you struggle with an unattractive smile and would like to know more about your cosmetic dentistry options, please call Dr. John R. Phelps at 317-818-9858 to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Phelps provides gummy smile treatment for men and women living in Indianapolis, Noblesville, Carmel, and all surrounding areas of Indiana.