Gum Contouring for a Balanced Smile

By on February 11th, 2019 in Cosmetic Dentistry

Gum Contouring for a Balanced Smile

If your gums protrude or make your smile appear uneven, then you may be the ideal candidate for gum contouring. Also referred to as “gum reshaping,” gum contouring is the process of removing excessive gum tissue. Generally, gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure, but it can also help fight periodontal disease in some instances. At Celebrity Dental in Franklin Square, NY, Dr. Steven Novick specializes in gum contouring procedures that can help you achieve the balanced and beautiful smile, you deserve. Contact the office at (516) 481-1446 to schedule a consultation.

About Gum Contouring

Your consultation with Dr. Novick will involve a full oral assessment. After discussing your goals, Dr. Novick will determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring.


To begin the procedure, local anesthesia is administered. Then, Dr. Novick will eliminate excess gum tissue and delicately reshape the gum line. After the contouring is complete, you will be given directives for successful post-operative healing. Recovery should last for about a week and if necessary, you will be given medication for pain management.


Benefits of Gum Contouring

Gum contouring is a gentle procedure that provides patients with a dazzling smile.

Some of the benefits of gum contouring include: 

  • Confidence knowing that your gums no longer bulge
  • A lower risk of gum disease and bacteria that can hide in the gums
  • A more even and balanced gum line
  • Minimal recovery and downtime
  • A straightforward process and minimal downtime
  • Minimal post-operative discomfort
  • Safety and Efficiency

Reasons for Uneven Gums

A “gummy smile” is a phrase used to describe an irregular tooth-to-gum ratio. In many cases, excess gingival tissue is caused by genetics. However, the condition can also be the result of:

  • Poor overall dental habits and hygiene
  • Sensitivity to chemicals
  • Consumption of tobacco or alcohol
  • Certain medications
  • Upper lip muscles that are hyperactive

Candidacy for Gum Contouring

If you think you may be a viable candidate for gum contouring, Dr. Novick would love to speak with you.  Gum contouring can provide confidence, boost self-esteem, and keep many oral diseases and bacteria at bay. There are certain criteria that one must meet to receive gum contouring, however. Successful candidates for gum contouring are individuals who are:

  • In good overall health
  • Have no gum disease
  • Are non-smokers
  • Are committed to good oral hygiene habits
  • Have uneven gums or a “gummy smile”


Gum Contouring Results

Many times, the tooth is hiding beneath the gum line. Gum contouring can expose more of the natural crown, delivering a more aesthetically pleasing result. Oftentimes, once the tooth is revealed, there are no further restorations needed. However, it is not uncommon to combine gum contouring with porcelain veneers for a truly dazzling look.


Gum contouring produces beautiful results and a more uniformed smile for the patient. After healing and recovery, no further techniques should be required. You will be advised to brush, floss, and practice good oral hygiene to keep the mouth healthy after your treatment.


Contact Us to Learn More

If you want to make your gummy smile a thing of the past, our team at Celebrity Dental in Franklin Square, NY can help you obtain a smile that will make a star. With nearly 30 years of experience, Dr. Novick is well-equipped to treat any dental issues you may have. Contact us online to schedule an appointment, or call (516) 481-1446.

02:36 18 Dec 17
Dr Novick and the Celebrity Dental Team Is Awesome! Hands down the best dentist our family has ever gone to! His staff is awesome and there is never a wait when you visit! Dr Novick is also awesome with my 2 kids (7 and 12) and even got them to brush twice a day! Over 10 years strong and my teeth have never been better! - Thanks Guys!!!
renee Nero
renee Nero
01:50 18 Jan 18
I always hated going to the dentist and would skip years at a time but once I started going to Dr Novick that hatred faded off. It may sound corny but Dr Novick gave me my smile. I trust his opinion and take his advice on what he recommendeds for my oral health. His staff is wonderful. Everyone is friendly and makes you feel comfortable.
Lenore Weingarten
Lenore Weingarten
00:06 01 Feb 18
The staff in this office is AMAZING. Dr. Novick is a fantastic dentist. I have and will continue to recommend him to anyone who needs a dentist.
Sheryl Kushnick-Carr
Sheryl Kushnick-Carr
02:51 10 Feb 18
Dr. Novick and his Staff are fantastic!! I've been going there for over 12 years, and now bring my elderly parents to Celebrity Dental as well. Dr. Novick is beyond gentle, explains everything, doesn't double book.... Can't recommend them enough!!!
03:46 23 Dec 17
Dr. Novick goes the extra mile to ensure I have the best possible outcome. Because of this my teeth are in great shape. His hygienist who did my teeth cleaning has the same great attitude.
Nicole Rosenberg
Nicole Rosenberg
16:49 22 Sep 18
Nice and clean environment. Dr. Novick is very knowledgeable and kind, as well as the rest of the staff. Dr. Novick explains what is going on and actually discusses with the patient what is the best plan of action. A patient-centered practice. Would recommend to others.
Marsha Holland
Marsha Holland
18:19 09 Oct 18
I wish I could give more than 5 stars, Dr. Novick and his staff are phenomenal, I never ever met such a beautifully trained inviting and warm staff, let's start with Danielle, she is the patient coordinator, I had spoken to this angel over the phone before my appointment, she relaxed me with her very kind soft spoken words, she is exceptional in her work, Diana, this is who I saw upon my arrival, she is the office manager, another soft spoken beautiful angel, just like Danielle, she made me feel so welcome, she is like an old friend, whom I had not seen in a long while,( I was that comfortable) Laura and Rafaela, are more beautiful souls, they are the dental assistants, they are very kind and considerate, they also made me feel like a family member, Pam the dental hygienist , explained everything I need to know to continue on a path to healthy teeth and gums, she explained this in such a way that I was overwhelmed by her level of care and consideration for my OVERALL HEALTH, not to mention she cleaned my teeth so effortless, It felt good and looked even better, Dr. Novick is the absolute best Dentist I ever been to in my life, he's like the icing on the cake, he was thorough, pleasant, and extremely knowledgeable, this man knows his craft, he is also quite handsome, another perk, this experience with him and his staff was so beautiful, I am thanking GOD for this pleasure of finding such a treasure they are all deserving of more than a million stars. Thank You Marsha Holland
Jennifer Stillman
Jennifer Stillman
18:30 03 Nov 18
I've never had such a pleasant experience at the dentist as I did at Dr. Novick's office!!! The staff is very friendly and made me feel at ease!!! I had 2 teeth pulled and was not in any pain after. Dr. Novick explained everything he was doing and made sure I was as comfortable as possible!!! By far the best!!!! I will recommend Celebrity Dental to all my family and friends!!!!
Shalom Lamm
Shalom Lamm
20:23 26 Feb 19
Super-friendly staff, and never a wait of more than just a few minutes. The office has real patient-centered feel from Dr. Novick himself to every person with whom you come into contact.
Paul Lizio
Paul Lizio
15:57 03 Apr 19
I have been going to Dr. Novick for over 15 years and i have never had a bad experience. He never over books patients so there is never a wait when I go. He has a friendly staff and is very knowledgeable in his practice. My teeth and gums have improved tremendously since I have been going there. Thanks, Doc!
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