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Dr. Craig E. Stannebein

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A Dental Laser Can Transform Your Gummy Smile

  • March 13, 2016
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Try to imagine the perfect smile, the “Hollywood” smile.

What do you see? You see teeth, mostly, teeth that are straight and white and healthy.

If you’ve ever been told that you have “gummy” smile, then you know that this isn’t what you see when you look in the mirror.

When you part your lips, half or more of your smile is taken up by your gums. This can make you hesitate when your friend wants to take a “selfie.” This can leave you posing with tight-lipped grins in group photos, and it may be the reason you have untagged yourself in pictures that have been shared on social media.

If you would like to smile big and be proud of your smile, then you should call Legacy Smiles. If you live in or near Billings, MT, then our dentist can show you how our dental laser can reshape your gums and transform your smile.

Cutting-Edge Technology

We don’t think you should have to be a celebrity to get the best in dental technology. We believe our patients deserve the same star treatment right here in Big Sky Country.

The BIOLASE Waterlase dental laser is just one example of this.

Lasers have been used as a surgical tool for decades. We have known for a long time that lasers can be used to cut into soft tissues, like your gums.

The problem is that lasers also generate heat. This could be painful.

The creators of the Waterlase have developed an ingenious fix for this problem. By passing the laser through a concentrated stream of water, it cuts down on the heat. This also speeds up the water molecules, which can then be used to cut away gum tissue and even parts of a tooth.

Believe it or not, this allows us to perform many procedures without any anesthetic. Now, we can give you anesthetic if you prefer, but the Waterlase reduces and often eliminates the pain you might feel with another tool.

Reshaping Your Gums

One of the reasons you may have a gummy smile is because of an excessive amount of gum tissue.

This happens. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with you. Some people have larger hands than others. Some people have bigger ears than others, and some people have more gum tissue than is typical.

When you smile, your lips have a natural resting spot. For most people this resting spot is near the gumline over their top set of teeth. This is where your lips “frame” your smile.

If you could move the frame, then you could make your smile more “toothy” and less gummy.

The way to do that is by removing some of your gum tissue. We can do this precisely because we use the Waterlase for this procedure.

When compared to a scalpel or even other kinds of dental lasers, the Waterlase is safer and more effective. We only remove the gum tissue that needs to be removed, and you heal faster when your procedure is over.

Removing the gum tissue will change the resting place for your lips. By moving your “frame” down just a little bit, your gummy smile will be a thing of the past.

Crown Lengthening

One of the other ways we can use the Waterlase is for a procedure called crown lengthening.

In this case, your gummy smile may not be the result of excess gum tissue, but rather due to “short” teeth. This happens if your teeth don’t erupt as far as you might expect.

The procedure doesn’t actually make your teeth longer. Instead, it just reveals more of the crowns of your teeth.

To compare this to gum reshaping, we aren’t try to change the position of your “frame.” Instead, we are changing the content of the picture.

Again, we can use the Waterlase to remove the gum tissue safely and effectively. By removing some of your gum tissue, more of your crowns will be exposed. Your lips will still rest in the same place they did before, but they will reveal more of teeth instead.

Share Your New Smile

When you see how different your smile can look, you may take your first selfie before you leave our office. Our Waterlase dental laser can give you a new reason to show off your pearly whites.

To learn more about gum reshaping or crown lengthening, contact our dentist office in Billings, MT. We offer free consultations at Legacy Smiles so you can understand the procedure before you make a decision. Fill out our online appointment form or call (406) 794-3114 to get started.


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