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Gum Contouring

Accurately Reshaping Gummy Smiles with Lasers

Your teeth are not always to blame for an unbalanced smile. Overly prominent or uneven gums can make your teeth look small or misshapen, as well. Gum contouring is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure offered by Dr. Clifford Degel and Dr. Carmen Every-Degel at Astoria Dental Group.

Our Queens, NY, office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that allows us to provide safer, more precise treatment. With our dental laser, we are able to perform gum contouring with more accuracy, less discomfort, and a faster recovery after surgery.

Fixing Gummy Smiles

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At Astoria Dental Group, Dr. Clifford Degel often uses dental implants to restore his patients’ smiles. In this clip, you can learn more about various treatment options that are available with dental implants.

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This clip talks directly to patients who show a lot of pink gum when they smile. We can help by providing what we call a smile lift. By combining a laser gum lift and porcelain veneers, Dr. Degel can correct and makeover a gummy smile. Patients absolutely love it!

Who Should Consider Gum Contouring?

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Gum contouring is a great option for patients who feel that they have excess gum tissue or a “gummy smile.” During your cosmetic dentistry evaluation, one of our doctors can ask you about your concerns and recommend treatments which will get you closer to your ideal smile.

The doctor gently removes gum tissue from around the teeth to reveal more of the enamel. As a result, your smile looks noticeably bigger.

Minimally Invasive Treatment Process

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In most cases, gum contouring can be completed in a single appointment. In contrast to many dentists who still rely on scalpels and other traditional tools, we use lasers to carry out your gum contouring treatment. Lasers can address a much smaller target than traditional tools, allowing our team to offer considerably more accurate treatment. As a result of this high precision, a number of studies have shown that using a laser for gum treatment results in:

If you are feeling nervous about undergoing treatment, one of our doctors can administer sedation to help you feel comfortable and relaxed during your procedure. Once you are comfortably numb, we will use the laser to precisely remove gum tissue and create pleasing contours in your gum line. During this process, you should not feel any pain.

Combining Multiple Treatments

Our gums serve as a frame for our teeth. In many cases, adjusting this frame has such a significant impact on the symmetry and appearance of your smile that additional treatment is not necessary. However, gum contouring can also be combined with other procedures such as teeth whitening, veneers, and crowns to achieve the most dramatic, comprehensive results.

Ensuring a Healthy Recovery

Because gum contouring is nonsurgical, you will be able to go home immediately following the procedure. During the days following surgery, it is normal to experience some redness, swelling, and minimal discomfort. However, these side effects usually fade after a few days. In a study performed by the National Center of Biotechnology Information, patients who underwent gum contouring did not suffer from any pain or discomfort following the procedure and had sustained the results at their one-year follow-up.

Recontour Your Gums and Enhance Your Smile

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If you are unhappy with the overall aesthetics of your smile, a dentist can help you identify areas where cosmetic treatment will be most effective. Your cosmetic dentistry consultation may reveal that your concerns can be corrected with laser gum reshaping alone. Transform your smile in a single treatment by scheduling an appointment online or contacting our office at (718) 571-8680.

Meet Our Highly Trained Doctors

Our cosmetic dentists Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel provide world-class dental care in a caring and friendly environment. Residents in Queens, Long Island, and throughout NYC trust them to create beautiful, healthy smiles.

Clifford Degel, DDS

With over 35 years of experience helping patients maintain, restore, and revitalize their smiles, Dr. Clifford Degel is considered a top dentist in Queens. Dr. Degel is known for exquisite cosmetic and restorative dentistry work at his state-of the-art, full service practice, Astoria Dental Group.

Carmen Every-Degel, DDS

Recognized as a top Invisalign® dentist, Dr. Every-Degel provides dramatic transformations with the discreet, convenient system, along with various cosmetic treatments such as smile makeovers and other procedures designed to deliver a brighter, more brilliant smile.

Our Astoria Patients Know

Experience the transformative impact of permanent full-arch dental implants as depicted in a carefully curated collection highlighting the incredible evolution from tentative smiles to confident, radiant grins of the present.
Tom K
May 3, 2024
Dr Degel and his entire staff provide the most enjoyable dental experience from the moment you walk in the door to your last rinse. I highly recommend The Smile Dr.
Hector Beltran
April 29, 2024
Truly an awesome experience! It’s been 28 years, and I’ll continue to come here for a good reason. They care about me, my health and more importantly my pocket. I strongly recommend them! ❤️
Veronica Delgado
February 25, 2024
Throughout my life, my dental journey has been difficult, painful, and has caused me a lot of anxiety. I am very happy to have found Astoria Dental Group – everyone has been so kind and have taken the time to explain everything to me thoroughly and make sure I am comfortable. Dr. Degel is absolutely wonderful. I know I’m putting my teeth in the right hands and I will soon have my dream smile!
Ahmed Allam
December 9, 2023
Astoria’s finest! The team here is exceptional – a warm and welcoming staff coupled with highly professional dentists, a husband-and-wife duo who each dedicate three days a week. Their flexibility in scheduling and acceptance of various insurances make it hassle-free. I’ve been a loyal client for years, personally attended to by Dr. Carmen. She’s not only super nice but also patiently listens, possesses extensive knowledge, and most importantly, operates with utmost integrity – you can trust them without a doubt.
James Venuti
September 15, 2023
Nice office, very fast and professional, great Doctors and the gentle hygienists are wonderful!
Shelly Valherzrosa
August 12, 2023
I’m in pain but I love how they doing me thank u so much the best dentist thank u
Michael Belasco
June 9, 2023
After much research for a “good” dentist in Manhattan, I found Astoria dental group, been a loyal patient for years their expertise & state of the art approach friendly, competent staff, I would highly recommend.
Jennifer Lee (JAMM)
May 6, 2022
Absolutely the best dentist/dental group I have ever been to. Little to no wait time, they fully explain your issues and possible treatment options, and every single person front and back have been incredibly fortunate. They are organized in the front and the dentists know their stuff. So thankful for her and the practice! I’ve had major work done, great work, no pain.

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