Beautiful smiles are not just about straight, white teeth. Aesthetics come when both the teeth and gums are properly proportioned and balanced together. Soft tissue recontouring is a procedure that restores this proportion to the smile. While soft tissue recontouring can have either a functional or aesthetic end goal, the final outcome will always create a more harmonious balance between the visible teeth and the gumline. For many patients, soft tissue recontouring is a cosmetic dentistry treatment they choose to correct a “gummy” smile, where gum tissue covers too much of the teeth.
Soft tissue recontouring may seem like an invasive procedure, but through our use of advanced dental laser technology, it is very much the opposite, providing patients with comfortable and convenient experiences with rarely any downtime. By incorporating dental lasers into your treatment, we can rebalance your smile or provide functional treatment virtually pain-free and with little-to-no discomfort during or after your appointment!
Because several types of illnesses and medical conditions may result in bad breath, it is important to check with your doctor and dentist to find out whether your illness or medication is causing bad breath. If you are healthy and suffer from bad breath, it may be caused by microbial deposits on the tongue. Simply brushing your tongue can reduce bad breath by as much as 70%. Another important way to prevent bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene; be sure to brush at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Be certain to visit your dentist on a regular basis to make sure any conditions like tooth decay and periodontal disease are treated. Avoiding odorous foods like garlic and onions can help to keep your breath fresh, and quitting smoking or chewing tobacco can improve your breath as well.