2 Nov,

Laser Gum Lifts: The Frequently Asked Questions

If your gums are slightly out of proportion to your teeth, it can leave you with a gummy smile or teeth that appear too small. Like many other dental problems, this imbalance can make you self-conscious and unable to relax fully in social situations. 

As with every other aspect of your smile’s appearance, cosmetic dentistry has the answers. Gum lift, sometimes known as gum contouring, is a technique that helps perfect your smile’s balance so you feel good about how you look. 

As with any dental procedure, it’s important to understand what’s involved to determine whether it’s right for you. Are gum lifts painful? How long does it take to heal after the procedure? Who can have gum contouring?

In this guide to gum lifts, we’ll answer many of the most commonly asked questions about the procedure. 

What Is a Gum Lift?

A gum lift is a procedure that reshapes your gum line to give you a better-proportioned smile. Although this procedure can be done surgically, we use lasers for improved clinical outcomes, reduced treatment length, and an overall better patient experience. 

Who Are Gum Lifts Suitable For?

While laser gum lifts are perfect for anyone with gummy smiles, the procedure can also help improve the appearance of asymmetrical gum lines and poorly contoured gums. 

Before any gum lift, we invite you for a consultation to examine your teeth and gums and assess whether the procedure is right for you.  

What Causes Uneven Gums?

There are several causes of gummy smiles. Sometimes it’s genetic— however, it could be the result of illness or taking certain prescription medications. 

Whatever the cause, a laser gum lift can help improve their appearance. 

Do Gum Lifts Hurt?

The gum lift procedure is both quick and painless. Before we begin, we’ll provide you with an anaesthetic so you won’t feel anything. Because we use lasers, we get more accurate results, and you get a more comfortable experience. 


Unlike traditional surgical gum lift procedures, we don’t cut the gums using a scalpel. This reduces discomfort considerably. Because the laser cauterises the tissue, there’s typically very little bleeding and no need for stitches. 

You may experience mild discomfort following the procedure as your gums recover. This can easily be managed with paracetamol or ibuprofen. 

How Long Will a Gum Lift Take?

After an initial planning phase where we determine how your new gum will look, the actual procedure is very brief. 

Often, we can complete the procedure in as few as 20 minutes. The entire process is made quicker through the use of lasers. 

What Is the Recovery Time Following a Gum Lift?

Because of the efficiency of the laser gum lift, recovery is also usually brief. You may experience a small amount of sensitivity around the gums for a few days, but this will naturally pass. Most people will fully recover within a week to ten days. 

For the first couple of days after the procedure, it’s best to stick to soft softs. Avoid spicy food or anything that has sharp or rough edges to limit irritation. 

What Other Treatments Can Complement My New Smile?

Contouring reshapes your gum line, giving your smile a natural and aesthetically pleasing appearance. Many patients opt to have other cosmetic treatments to improve the shape, colour, and texture of their teeth at the same time. 

Teeth whitening will give your smile a bright and naturally healthy sparkle, while dental veneers or bonding could address issues with the shape and texture of your teeth. 

Gum Lifts In Beaconsfield

It’s easier than ever to bring balance to your gummy smile. 

Gum contouring can give you the confidence to smile and laugh. The straightforward laser gum lift procedure offers maximum accuracy with minimal discomfort. 

Get in touch today and schedule your gum lift consultation.

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Get in touch with the Canon House Team to find out more about any aspect of cosmetic or restorative treatment.