Gum Contouring is a cosmetic dental serviceFrame your smile with Gum Contouring

Gum contouring may not be a term you are familiar with but it may just be the thing to make your smile stand out. When you think about an beautiful smile you probably think of straight white teeth. But you may not realize that the gingiva, or gums are just as important. The gums frame the teeth and they can either enhance or detract from an otherwise perfect smile.

When is gum contouring beneficial?

When you have a “gummy smile”.

Sometimes the gums cover the teeth just a little too much. When you flash a big smile you want to show mostly teeth, not gums. Gum contouring can adjust the position of the gums so that they can be positioned in the perfect location. In these cases, gum contouring is one of the most dramatic cosmetic procedures!

When the gumline is asymmetrical.

Symmetry is everything in beauty. It is no different in cosmetic dentistry. To accentuate the smile, it is essential that the gumline is the as symmetrical as possible.  Gum contouring is the only way to optimize the anterior gumline.

When the gums are bulky.

If the gums appear bulky or bulbous they can be thinned out to appear more smooth and even. Gingival contouring allows the shape and contour of the gums.


Gum contouring can be done with a number of instruments.  A laser, electrosurgical instrument, and scalpel can all be used to recontour the gums. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.  They can be used separately or together for the perfect result.

Gum contouring is a surgical procedure but it’s one of the most simple dental procedures. The patient is anesthetized during the procedure and the recovery period is usually very brief. Most people are back to day-to-day activity the following day.

It’s amazing what a simple modification of the gums can do for a smile!