Britegums is a gingival depigmentation procedure so you may be wondering why we’re talking about crown lengthening, which doesn’t seem have anything to do with melanin in the gums. In cosmetic dentistry, patients rarely need just one specific treatment to radically transform their smile. Britegums can pinken gums but what if there’s too much gum showing when you smile? In those cases, Britegums can make the gums less noticeable by removing the pigmentation but that won’t modify the shape of your smile. To change that, you’ll want to look into crown lengthening.
Crown lengthening (sometimes called gum contouring) is a procedure where a doctor lifts the gums, revealing more of the teeth. The procedure is for people with, what some people call, “gummy” smiles, or smiles where too much gum is showing. Gum contouring is the surgical attempt to create a better teeth-to-gum ratio. For people with “small” teeth (i.e. too much gum in the smile line), this procedure can be life-changing. Unfortunately, just like with gum pigmentation, a lot of people don’t realize that there’s something dentists can do to correct a gummy smile.
Gum contouring and crown lengthening are more of a gamble than Britegums. The surgery is invasive and the gum tissue can, in certain cases, grow back. The healing period after gum contouring is long and, for some, uncomfortable. Doctors typically recommend crown lengthening for patients with severe gummy smiles or patients with an uneven gum line. If the gum line isn’t symmetrical, the doctor might only have to shape the gum above one or two teeth instead of the entire smile line.
If you want to know if crown lengthening combined with Britegums is right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Robert Stanley, the inventor of Britegums. He’s performed many crown lengthening surgeries and knows what a candidate for the procedure looks like. If you live out of the Cary, North Carolina area, you can also schedule a virtual consultation.