Gum Tissue Is Framework For Terrific Smiles !

Posted on May 19, 2014 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

Your smile is a significant part of your facial appearance. A wide, attractive smile shows confidence and projects an upbeat personality. When people are unhappy with their smile’s appearance, they often smile less or cover their mouths when smiling or laughing. This indicates a feeling of insecurity or shyness that is often not the true nature of the individual.

While today’s porcelain veneers and crowns give an exceptionally natural appearance, the gum line bordering your teeth also plays a significant role. Showing too much gum tissue above teeth when smiling is referred to as a ‘gummy smile.’ This can be seen on Katie Couric when she smiles fully. Too, when gums have receded and reveal dark areas, it not only detracts from the appearance of your smile, tooth roots are more vulnerable to bacteria.

Several options are available to restore the gum line to an even and flattering line. This applies to crown lengthening procedures as well. When crowns are placed, a smile may be greatly improved when the gum line is contoured to blend attractively with gum tissue bordering neighboring teeth.

In smile enhancements, don’t just consider your teeth. Your gums are the icing on the cake! Begin with a consultation so we can discuss your options. Call (828) 297-9440.

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