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At Complete Dental Studio in Boerne, Dr. Vo brings a modern solution to enhance your smile—laser gum contouring. This removes excessive gum tissue so to help you unveil your new smile.

Understanding Laser Gum Contouring

Laser gum contouring, also known as gum reshaping or crown lengthening, is a cutting-edge orthodontic procedure designed to address the issue of excessive gum tissue covering the teeth, often referred to as a "gummy smile."

This condition can affect the aesthetics of your smile, making your teeth appear disproportionately shorter. The gum contouring process involves using a specially designed laser to remove excess gum tissue with precision and minimal discomfort.

This innovative technology shortens the procedure's duration and cauterizes the gum tissue, reducing the risk of bleeding and accelerating the healing process. Laser gum contouring is a quick, minimally invasive treatment that can dramatically enhance the appearance of your smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Laser Gum Contouring?

Laser gum contouring can benefit individuals who experience various dental issues related to excessive gum tissue. If you find yourself facing any of the following conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for this procedure:

  • Gummy Smile: Excessive gum tissue causing your teeth to appear shorter than desired.
  • Shallow Impactions: Teeth that haven't fully erupted through the gum tissue.
  • Frenectomy: A bulky or low-attached frenum, the tissue connecting the gums to the upper lip.

What Can Laser Gum Contouring Treat?

Laser gum contouring can effectively treat several common dental conditions, including:

Gummy Smile

By removing excess gum tissue, laser gum contouring helps create a more proportionate smile, enhancing the appearance of your teeth.

Shallow Impaction

The procedure facilitates the eruption of impacted teeth by reshaping your gum tissue, allowing them to emerge properly.


Laser gum contouring can reduce excessive frenum tissue, improving the appearance and comfort of your upper lip.

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Risks of Avoiding Gum Contouring Treatment

If you choose not to undergo gum contouring treatment when you have excessive gum tissue, several issues and risks can arise:

  • Aesthetic Concerns: The most apparent consequence is that the person may continue to be dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile. Excessive gum tissue can make the teeth appear short and uneven, affecting self-esteem and confidence.
  • Oral Hygiene Challenges: Too much gum tissue can create difficulties in maintaining proper oral hygiene. It can be challenging to brush and floss effectively around excess gum tissue, increasing the risk of plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease.
  • Functional Problems: In some cases, excessive gum tissue can interfere with everyday speech and pronunciation, making it harder to communicate clearly.
  • Orthodontic Complications: The excess gum tissue left unaddressed can hinder orthodontic treatment. It may prevent teeth from properly moving into correct positions during orthodontic procedures like braces or clear aligners.
  • Risk of Gum Infections: Excessive gum tissue can trap food particles and bacteria, increasing the risk of gum infections and inflammation.
  • Chewing and Eating Difficulties: In severe cases, excess gum tissue can interfere with chewing and eating comfortably, potentially affecting one's nutritional intake and overall health.
  • Potential Tooth Sensitivity: The excessive gum tissue can expose the tooth roots, leading to increased sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
  • Increased Tooth Wear: Over time, teeth covered by excess gum tissue may experience more significant wear and tear due to the increased friction during chewing.
  • Speech Impairments: Sometimes, a gummy smile caused by excess gum tissue can lead to speech difficulties, affecting one's ability to pronounce certain sounds correctly.

Choosing not to undergo gum contouring treatment for excessive gum tissue can result in ongoing aesthetic dissatisfaction, oral hygiene challenges, functional problems, potential orthodontic complications, an increased risk of gum infections, and other dental and speech-related issues.

Consult with an orthodontic professional like Dr. Vo at Complete Dental Studio to determine the most appropriate treatment plan to address these concerns and enhance your overall oral health and well-being.

Ask About Gum Contouring

With the expertise of Dr. Vo and the advanced technology at Complete Dental Studio, you can trust that your laser gum contouring procedure will be performed with precision and care, resulting in a more confident and radiant smile.

Don't let excessive gum tissue hold you back from the smile you deserve—discover the benefits of laser gum contouring at our modern Boerne practice today.