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Could your Smile Use Gum Contouring?

Teeth Whitening West Des MoinesAre you happy with your gums? This may not seem an everyday question, yet if your gum tissues are overgrown or uneven, you probably think about your dissatisfaction quite a bit. Some people are born with uneven gums or an overabundance of gingival tissues. Everyone should feel like they have the peace of mind when smiling that they are giving the right impression to others. A smile is an important part of self-confidence, so it makes sense that many patients opt for gum contouring from Des Moines dentist Dr. Jessica Johnson when they feel like their gums don’t look quite right.

Dealing with a “Gummy Smile”

If you were born with a “gummy smile,” your teeth may appear small (almost child-like) and your gums might distract others when you smile. Even if this isn’t you, you have probably seen someone smile while trying to keep their mouth closed.  Perhaps they cover their mouth when they smile, or refuse to smile at all. They’re not completely off base, as smiles make first impressions. Feeling good about the appearance of your smile is an essential element in a high quality of life with relationship and career successes. Luckily there is an option for fixing these issues: Gum contouring.

Gum Contouring

For gum contouring, lasers are used so that excess tissue is precisely removed. This will yield an even, well-proportioned smile. Precision is essential as the procedure can take your gum tissue too far in the opposite direction. Gums which are too high make your teeth appear bigger. Too little gum tissue also opens your roots up to bacterial attacks. Then you could need a root canal procedure to control the infection. However, if gum contouring is done right, you will have the well framed smile you’ve always deserved.

Visit your Des Moines Dentist

If you are interested in learning more about gum contouring, Dr. Johnson is happy to consult with you. To schedule your visit at Valley Ridge Family Dental, contact our 50266 dentist office at (515) 223-9764. We serve West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Urbandale, and the surrounding Des Moines metro communities.


MapValley Ridge Family Dental
6150 Village View Drive, #109,
West Des Moines, IA, 50266
Phone: 515.223.9764
After-hours emergency: 515.423.0445
Fax: 515.327.6230

Office Hours

Monday: 8 am-5 pm
Tuesday: closed
Wednesday: 8 am-5 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am- 1:30 pm
Friday: 7:30 am-4:30 pm