A healthy and attractive smile can deliver warmth and exude confidence. When we think about our smiles, we often focus solely on the teeth, how white, straight, or even they may be. The gums, however, play a significant role in the appearance of the smile.
Gums that are positioned too high or too low on the teeth can make the teeth look overly long or too short. This condition may occur due to family genetics, prescription medications, or certain health issues.
When the gums recede and make the teeth appear longer, they may be pulling back from the teeth and may eventually expose the root of the tooth. Gum recession can be a sign of periodontal disease, which can lead to bone loss, decay, and tooth loss.
Richmond Smile Center, founded by Dr. Charles Martin, is a full-service advanced dental practice offering family, mature adult, restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry with pain-free, gentle care. Dr. Martin, a Fellow in the International Academy of Dentofacial Esthetics, which recognizes the best in cosmetic dentists, understands how the gums can affect a healthy smile.
Gum contouring may be part of dental treatment or simply performed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the smile. With our gentle sedation options and laser technologies, such as the LightWalker Laser, Dr. Martin is able to transform a gummy smile into the smile of your dreams.
A smile makeover may also involve gum contouring and one or several other cosmetic procedures for maximum impact. Dr. Martin conducts a smile evaluation that addresses 18 specific factors that make up a smile dominant face, a smile designed as the highlight and focal point of the overall facial appearance. Gums, which serve as the frame for the teeth, are an important part of a smile dominant face. Ideally, gums should be firm, matte, and pale pink in color.
A smile makeover may also include:
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns, bridges, dental implants, or dentures
- Tooth colored fillings
If you would like to achieve your most radiant, healthy smile, call Richmond Smile Center today for a complimentary, comprehensive evaluation with Dr. Martin. Our number is 804.417.7203 and our office is located at 11201 Huguenot Road in Richmond, Virginia.
Last Updated - August 2015
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