. This cosmetic treatment improves the appearance of your smile by reducing the amount of gum tissue that shows when you grin. Wondering whether this treatment is for you? Consider the following common myths regarding a gummy smile to help you brush up on your contouring knowledge:

Myth #1: Your Teeth Are Just Too Short

You may or may not have short teeth. In some cases, your teeth may not have erupted to their full potential while they developed and grew in, which may have left you with the appearance of short teeth. Or, you may simply have excess gum tissue. Either way, gum contouring can help by removing excess gum tissue to create the appearance of longer teeth.

Myth #2: You Just Need To Stop Smiling So Hard

To some extent you can teach yourself to smile carefully but when you’re experiencing true joy, the last thing you want to think about it a strategically planned smile. For some patients, you may simply have an overzealous upper lip muscle that lifts your lip higher than you would prefer, resulting in the appearance of a gummy smile – another issue commonly addressed by gum contouring.

Myth #3: Nature Gave You Larger Gums, So You Need To Just Be Happy

Nature may have blessed you with a less than common upper jaw development, but that does not mean you need to settle with feeling disappointed in your appearance. For some patients, this type of abnormal growth results in gums that appear to stick out. By visiting us for contouring, you may achieve the beautiful smile you dream about.


Interested in receiving comprehensive dental care? Then contact Dental Associates of Riverside at (951) 369-1001 today. Our family dentist office serves patients throughout Riverside County, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley.