Queensway Dental Clinic

170 Queensway, Billingham, Teesside TS23 2NT. Tel. 01642 554 667

Gum Contouring

To make sure that not only your teeth but also your gums enhance your smile, you may benefit from some gum contouring. This contouring may range from simply removing some of the gum tissue to improve a ‘gummy’ smile to the more complex removal of both bone and gum tissue.


Gummy smiles are a common problem, caused by overgrowth of the gum tissue that then covers the teeth. This makes gums appear too visible, or simply too big, when smiling. This can cause a smile to look crooked or lop-sided, or make the teeth seem smaller than the gums.

Gummy smiles can be corrected easily with a simple procedure known as cosmetic gum lifting or gum contouring.

A local anaesthetic is applied to the gums and a laser is used to trim away the small amounts of excess gum tissue and reshape the edges of the gums above the six front teeth that form the smile. The laser seals the blood vessels in the gums so that the tissue can heal quickly with relatively little discomfort to the patient.

Free consultations

To allow you to make an informed decision whether gum contouring is the right choice for you, we are offering new patients a free gum contouring consultation with Dr Mike Barnett.

In the consultation you will receive a bespoke treatment plan with gum contouring options and costs. Working together, we can help you to make informed decisions about your mouth, your teeth and your smile.

Call 01642 554667 or use our online form.