Cosmetic care doesn’t always rely on multiple visits. In fact, we often correct smiles in Astoria, NY, in one visit with a contouring procedure. While very different, both gum and tooth contouring provide a means of repairing smiles and correcting esthetics issues quickly, helping patients enjoy a healthy and stunning smile. In today’s blog, we’re going to take a close look at each of these unique and convenient cosmetic treatment options.
When discussing cosmetic treatment, we often focus on the teeth. However, your gums frame your smile and have a major impact on your appearance. Which means issues with excessive gum tissue, also known as a “gummy smile”, could lead to serious cosmetic concerns. For example, your teeth could appear small or uneven, or you could display too much gingival tissue when you smile. In order to correct these concerns, we offer gum contouring, which only takes a single visit to complete. Instead of using scalpels or sutures, the dentist employs a radiosurgery unit, which uses advanced technology to remove the gum tissue with accuracy and precision. We mark what areas need to be removed and then reshape the gum line. The technology we use instantly cauterizes the area, which means there is no need for sutures and the risk of bleeding and infection diminishes significantly. You typically avoid serious swelling and enjoy a faster healing time as well. Our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions for eating and protecting your smile in the hours after the procedure, but you typically resume normal activities after just a day or two.
Tooth contouring addresses the teeth, correcting a number of common cosmetic issues with the shape of your tooth. The procedure involves gently buffing away a small amount of outer structure before polishing the tooth carefully. We may use contouring to dull pointed teeth and correct issues with “fangs.” We also remove any pits or grooves in the surface of your tooth. If you have a damaged or malformed tooth, we can gently reshape the tooth itself. We may also perform a bonding procedure in the same visit, which involves adding a lifelike composite resin to the tooth to address more severe damage and mask teeth stains. If you have any questions about either of our contouring procedures, then please contact our team today. We will perform a detailed exam to see which of our cosmetic procedures will best address your esthetic concerns.
Ready for Cosmetic Treatment?
We can improve your smile’s beauty with cosmetic dentistry, often in just one visit. For more information on our cosmetic treatment options, including tooth and gum contouring, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.