The gum lift explained

You’ve probably heard of a facelift, neck lift, and even lip lift, but what about a gum lift? A gum lift is a relatively new dental procedure used to reduce a ‘gummy smile’

In this blog, we’ll take a look at what a gum lift is and how it can enhance your appearance.

What is a gum lift?

A gum lift is a cosmetic dental procedure that sculpts and raises the gum line. In addition, the procedure involves reshaping the tissue and/or underlying bones to create a more symmetrical smile. 

How Does a Gum Lift Work?

There are a few options when it comes to getting a gum lift. The first option is surgical removal. Alternatively, a laser gum lift can achieve similar results. In either case, we will begin by taking photos of your teeth and smile from a number of angles. We’ll also collect measurements of the teeth as they are. Next, we work out the best approach to remove some of the gum and create a more balanced smile. These steps are usually carried out during an initial consultation. The initial consultation is the time to discuss your goals for the procedure and ask any questions you may have.

On procedure day, you will likely receive local anaesthesia that does not impact the lips. For this, we will numb the roof of your mouth, which will enable you to smile throughout the procedure. This also allows us to check the results as we go. The procedure itself will be painless, but there may be mild discomfort as the anaesthesia wears off.

The benefits of a gum lift 

Healthier Looking Teeth — Have you ever felt like something was “off” about your smile? It may be that it’s not your teeth at all. Maybe it’s your gum tissues. Gum lifts can help bring out the best of your smile’s appearance by ensuring your gingiva is contoured around each tooth in a way that compliments its natural shape. 

Evens Out Your Smile

Does your smile look asymmetrical or crooked? Take a close glance to see if your teeth are uneven or if it’s actually your gum lines. Uneven gingival margins can give the illusion that your teeth are different sizes, making your overall smile seem uneven. Gum lifts on specific teeth can easily even out your gum lines to perfectly frame your healthy teeth. Creating symmetrical teeth is one of the most vital aspects of an effective smile makeover plan.

Erases Gummy Smiles

Excessive gingiva or gums that are covering too much tooth enamel can make your smile look “gummy.” When you smile in photos or look in the mirror, you may be seeing even more gum tissues than teeth. Although a gummy smile is sometimes due to tight lip muscles, the other can be due to low gum lines. Naturally, a gum lift raises the level where the gingiva falls on your teeth. That way, as soon as you smile around other people, less gingiva is visible.

 Should You Get a Gum Lift?

Smith and Van Lierop Dentistry offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry treatments to choose from. Gum lifts may play a part in your smile makeover plan, depending on your unique physical characteristics. During your consultation, our cosmetic dentists will discuss the benefits of various procedures and how they can work together to help you achieve the results you’re looking for. Including gum lifts.

Learn more about the overall gum lift process and find out if you’re a candidate for this unique aesthetic service. Schedule a smile design consultation at our Cape Town practice today to get started.

Check out the amazing gum lift results we got with some of our patients!