We offer a number of cosmetic treatment options, many of which focus on the teeth. From whitening and reshaping to clear braces, we have plenty to correct your smile’s appearance. But what about the gums? In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about how laser gum contouring helps improve smiles in Gladstone, MO.

When Do You Recommend Treatment?

Your gums are the soft, pink tissues that cover the bottoms of your teeth (or teeth roots) and the dental ridge from which they protrude. Aside from protecting your teeth roots from things like harmful oral bacteria, your gums also create a visible frame around your smile. When your gum line is uneven, the appearance of your entire smile can be affected, and your dentist may recommend laser gum contouring to correct it.

Laser Dentistry

Gum contouring is the process of gently and artistically trimming away excessive gum tissues covering one or more of your teeth. The ultimate goal is to create a straight, even, and symmetrical gum line, and traditionally, the procedure is performed through light oral surgery (with a scalpel). At our office, we often utilize advanced laser technology to perform cosmetic gum contouring with significantly more comfort and more precise results. Because the laser is minimally invasive, patients often don’t require sedation before or during their procedure.

Other Benefits of Gum Contouring

The main benefit of cosmetic gum contouring is the more esthetically appealing appearance of your gums and smile. After contouring, your gum line will evenly cover every tooth. However, laser gum contouring also provides a wealth of other benefits, especially for your long-term oral health. For example, a straighter gum line is easier to keep clean and free of harmful oral bacteria, which means you can more easily reduce your risks of gum disease and resulting tooth loss.


At Bailey Dental Care, we offer advanced laser gum contouring to artistically improve the outline of your smile and the overall health of your gums. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Gladstone, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.