Contouring Your Teeth And Gums

Contouring is a cosmetic option for treating the appearance of both your teeth and gums. With these two very different treatment options, our team can help improve the beauty of your smile. In today’s blog, let’s look at the difference between contouring your teeth and gums, and when you should see your El Paso, TX, dentists for treatment.

Tooth Contouring

Dental contouring involves the dentists gently buffing, sanding, and polishing the teeth to correct a number of different esthetic concerns. The treatment only takes a single visit to complete, and allows our team to remove any pits or grooves in the tooth surface. We can smooth rough patches as well, and dull teeth that are sharp and pointed. Treatment also helps address teeth that appear too large or are misshapen. We even help correct minor chips as well. In the same sitting, we may also offer dental bonding, which involves repairing damage and masking stains with the same lifelike composite resin we use in our tooth-colored dental filling procedure.

Gum Contouring

When we have a “gummy smile” that means there is excessive periodontal tissue on display. Too much tissue could impact the beauty of your smile, making teeth appear small or uneven, and showing off too much gingival tissue when we smile. With this procedure, we can use advanced technology to carefully trim and remove excessive tissues. We target the untreated tissue with accuracy and precision, preventing damage to healthy gums. We then reshape the gum line. Treatment often requires little to no anesthetic, and people rarely experience bleeding. For the first day, you should avoid strenuous activities and consume soft foods as your smile recovers. Afterward, you should be able to return to your normal daily activities.

What About Periodontal Disease?

If you have an advanced case of periodontal disease, treatment is crucial for avoid serious discomfort or even the loss of one or more of your teeth. To manage the issue in a later stage, we may use the same technology we employ in our gum contouring procedure to remove infected and diseased tissues. Healthy tissues then attach to the teeth, and we can successfully manage the disease with routine cleanings every three to four months. If you have any questions about improving the beauty of your smile, or about targeting periodontal disease, then please contact our team today to learn more. We would love to help you obtain your best possible smile and a renewed self-confidence!


At Sunny Smiles in El Paso, TX, our team can use cosmetic treatments to address the appearance of your teeth and gums. For more information on our cosmetic procedures, contact our N. Zaragoza dental practice by calling 915-849-9000.