Cosmetic Treatment for Gummy Smiles

Your teeth may be the most immediately noticeable part of your smile, but your gums play an equally important role in both its health and appearance. For example, soft gingival tissues that surround and protect your dental ridges and teeth roots are an important factor in protecting those teeth roots from harmful oral bacteria. If your gums cover more tooth structure in some areas than others, the result can also have a significant effect on your smile’s appearance, making it seem crooked and uneven.

What Is Gum Contouring?

Gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure designed to even out the frame around your teeth by trimming away excess gum tissues. After a thorough examination, we can determine if you’re a good candidate for gum contouring, and whether or not you may need other treatment to address the health of your gums. For example, gummy smiles may be more at-risk of gum disease, and your treatment may include periodontal maintenance to reduce your risks of developing it.

Do I Qualify for Laser Treatment?

Most patients who exhibit a gummy smile are good candidates for cosmetic gum contouring. For many patients, we may also recommend performing the procedure using our advanced soft-tissue laser technology. The specially calibrated laser is designed to gently and precisely trim away the areas of your gums that extend too far over your teeth, making your gum line symmetrical and uniform. With the help of the laser, we can perform your treatment more comfortably, and with no need for sutures afterward.

Make Your Gums Even Again

If you have a gummy smile or are undergoing a complete smile makeover, then cosmetic gum contouring may be an important part of improving your smile’s appearance. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Cain and our team, call Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN or Portage, IN today at 219-938-2637, or email our office at We proudly serve all of Northwest Indiana and surrounding areas.