Fix Your Gummy Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry By Alex Hecht on July 04, 2022

close-up picture of woman with long blonde hair smiling wearing a pink shirtEffective cosmetic dentistry isn’t just about teeth whitening and veneers. Cosmetic dentistry for a gummy smile can remove excess gum tissue, revealing more of your teeth. This can help you achieve a healthier and more beautiful smile.

At Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist, Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht in Staten Island, NY are here to make your smile bright and healthy. With cosmetic gum contouring techniques, we can address your gummy smile concerns in a quick and comfortable fashion.

What Is a Gummy Smile?

A winning smile can boost your self-esteem, but if your gum tissue is uneven or too low, you may not feel confident smiling in public. This condition is often referred to as a “gummy smile” and can be remedied with a modern cosmetic dentistry treatment: laser gum contouring.

Laser Gum Contouring for a Gummy Smile

You may be a suitable candidate for laser gum contouring if you have otherwise healthy teeth and gums and an uneven gumline or overreaching gum tissue. Laser gum contouring utilizes the latest technology to comfortably and quickly remove excess gum tissue to create an even, more balanced, and aesthetically-pleasing smile.

While the goal of gum contouring is to make your smile more beautiful, there are also oral health benefits. Gum contouring reduces your risk of cavities, gum disease, and other oral infections.

How Does Laser Contouring Compare to Traditional Methods?

Traditional gum contouring procedures involve the use of a scalpel to cut away the gum tissue. As you can imagine, that process is very uncomfortable, stitches are necessary, and the recovery period is long.

With a dental laser, the treatment is minimally invasive, comfortable, safe, and quick. Patients experience much less bleeding and swelling, making for a shorter recovery period.

What Can I Expect During the Procedure?

First, we administer a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure. Then, our skilled dentist will use the laser to carefully sculpt your gums.

You’ll notice immediate results, but they will become even more apparent over time. The results are permanent, so you won’t need to repeat the process and your beautiful smile will last a lifetime.

What Does the Recovery Process Look Like?


The length of time it takes to heal is different for each patient. In some cases, the patient is completely healed in 3-5 days. For others, healing may take three weeks or longer.

The most important part of the healing process is abiding by the recovery guidelines given to you the laser gum contouring procedure. These instructions include:

  • Avoid hot and spicy foods
  • Avoid hard, crunchy foods
  • Drink lukewarm or cool beverages only
  • Brush and floss very gently
  • Take over-the-counter pain medications if necessary

Improve Your Smile Today

Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist is a family-oriented office whose mission is to improve the oral health of our patients with advanced techniques and compassionate care. Dr. Alex Hecht is a restorative and cosmetic dentist who has been practicing for more than 30 years, and his son Dr. Jason is dedicated to providing you with state-of-the-art care. We offer free consultations so call us at (718) 705-4434 or make an appointment online to find a treatment plan that’s right for your smile.

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Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht

Staten Island Aesthetic & Implant Dentist

Our family-run practice, led by Dr. Alex Hecht and Dr. Jason Hecht, is guided by compassionate and genuine care for our patients. Several distinctions set us apart:

  • Creating beautiful smiles since 1978
  • One of the largest practices in the region
  • Excellence in treating even the most complex cases
  • Advanced cone beam computed tomography (CT) scanner
  • Dedication to continuing education
  • Incorporation of the latest techniques

To set up a consultation or learn more about our services, reach out to our office online or call (718) 705-4434.

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