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Gum Contouring in Monroe, NY

Gum contouring is done in an orthodontist’s office and involves removing gum tissue to expose more of the tooth enamel. Dr. Jacquie Smiles specializes in gum contouring for her patients in Monroe, NY.

Continue below to find out if gum contouring is right for you! 


Benefits of Gum Contouring

Significant advantages of gum contouring include the following: 

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Evens out the gum line
  • Reduces sensitivity by covering up tooth roots
  • Long-lasting results
  • Improves self-confidence

Ideal Candidates for Gum Contouring

Ideal candidates for gum contouring and reshaping in Monroe, NY include those who: 

  • Feel self-conscious when smiling due to a gummy appearance
  • Have an uneven gum line
  • Have the appearance of gum recession
  • Have experienced gum disease and need to replace gum tissue
  • Have porcelain veneers and need to shape the gums for a more appealing look 
  • Have healthy gums

How Gum Contouring Works

Gum contouring is performed in an orthodontist office and involves the use of precise lasers that trim away excess gum tissue. The orthodontist uses their skills to carefully make teeth appear proportionate. This procedure is usually completed within one office appointment and visible results are seen immediately. 


Many dental insurance companies and plans in Monroe, NY reimburse patients for a portion of the cost of gum contouring and reshaping surgery. Gum contouring is usually considered a cosmetic procedure and typically may not be covered by your dental insurance.

Single Pay: $350 per tooth
Insurance Pays: $250
You Pay: $100

Please call us at 845-782-4288 if you have any questions or need more accurate pricing for insurance coverage for gum contouring and reshaping in Monroe, NY. You may also use our contact form to receive additional information.

Side Effects of Gum Contouring

Most patients experience little to no side effects of gum contouring surgery. However, some have reported the following: 

  • Slight discomfort
  • Temporary gum sensitivity
  • Infection

Recovering from Gum Contouring Surgery

As you recover from gum contouring surgery you will need to do the following until your gums have healed completely.

  • Avoid eating anything hard or sharp that can cut your gums
  • Eat soft foods such as soup, pudding, jello, yogurt, and ice cream
  • Avoid touching your gums when carefully and gently brushing your teeth
  • Avoid eating foods containing seeds
  • Avoid eating spicy foods
  • Use non-aspirin pain relievers 

Results to Expect from Gum Contouring

Your orthodontist will discuss the final results and expectations before the surgery so you will have a clear idea of the end results. Many orthodontists use computer imaging to show you a picture to ensure you have realistic expectations. 

Once the gum contouring surgery is complete you will notice results immediately but the final results will be revealed once your gums finish healing. 

Overall, most gum contouring patients are pleased with the results and feel confident with their new look. 

Follow Up Appointments

Keep in mind that you will need to schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure your gums are healing successfully. An orthodontist will immediately notice if your gums have an infection and will take action to heal the infection as quickly as possible. 

It’s important for you to keep an eye on your gums as they heal to ensure nothing unusual such as redness and tenderness is becoming overwhelming. Always contact your orthodontist immediately if you experience pain.


Are you an ideal candidate for gum contouring? Contact us today to find out!  Schedule your no-obligation orthodontist consultation in Monroe, NY today by calling 845-782-4288 or fill out the contact form to receive additional information. Our office is conveniently located near 70 Gilbert Street, Suite 202 Monroe, NY 10950.