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Gum Contouring

Is your gummy smile making you feel self-conscious? Do your teeth look disproportionately small compared to your gums?

Gum contouring is a minimally invasive way to enhance a smile that has an uneven or low gum line.

Dentists Victor R. Siegel and Aviva Kramer in Rockville, MD, can reshape your gums to make your smile look proportionate and attractive.

What Is Gum Contouring? A Quick and Simple Smile Enhancement


Gum contouring is a subtle but effective cosmetic dentistry procedure that enhances the appearance of your smile by correcting an uneven gum line. We use a diode laser to remove small amounts of soft tissue and balance your gum line, revealing a more symmetrical and attractive smile in just one visit.

A Balanced Smile Is Just One Appointment Away

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A beautiful smile is dependent on a pleasing gum-to-tooth ratio. Gum reshaping can provide a more balanced appearance.

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Our experienced dentists can turn your smile into one you'll be proud to show off. Gum contouring works well as a stand-alone treatment or as a complement to teeth whitening or porcelain veneers for more dramatic results. Dr. Siegel and Dr. Kramer can even design a comprehensive smile makeover treatment plan to address multiple aesthetic concerns and create your dream smile.

If you are interested in learning more about gum reshaping or one of our other procedures, contact our Rockville, MD, dental office today. You can complete our appointment request form or call:


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Best dental experience ever! Dr. Siegel and his staff do everything to make their patients comfortable.  I’ve been going to this practice for over 20 years and would highly recommend them!!

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This was my first visit to Dr. Siegel's office. The climate is warm and engaging with wonderful people working there who make you feel very comfortable. I have never had such an extensive , thorough exam and cleaning. I am extremely happy to have chosen Dr. Siegel and his team as my dentist.

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Am I a Good Candidate For Gum Contouring?

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, one of our dentists will conduct a detailed examination of your teeth and gums at our Rockville, MD, office. Below are some factors that could affect your candidacy.

Oral Health

Patients should be in good oral health to receive this dental procedure. Any periodontal issues or tooth decay will need to be treated before undergoing gum contouring.

A Desire to Upgrade Your Smile

Patients who are unhappy with their gummy smile or asymmetrical gum line are typically good candidates for this cosmetic treatment. Gum contouring will alter the gum tissue to reveal a more attractive smile.

New Restorations

In some cases, the gum tissue will need to be removed to make room for new restorations like a dental crown. Gum contouring will allow for the placement of the new restoration and contribute to a pleasing overall look.

Realistic Expectations

You should thoroughly explain your cosmetic goals and expectations to your dentist. Gum contouring can create a bigger, more symmetrical smile, but it cannot whiten or straighten your teeth. Other cosmetic treatments may need to be performed in addition to gum contouring to achieve your overall desired look. 

What To Expect During the Gum Contouring Procedure

The first step in revealing your beautiful smile is to call our Rockville, MD, office
to request your gum contouring consultation.

"This entire dentistry procedure is completed in a single visit." 
"This entire dentistry procedure is completed in a single visit." 


One of our Rockville, MD, dentists will conduct a detailed examination of your teeth and gums. Depending on your needs, they may recommend periodontal treatment or other services before the gum contouring procedure.

Local Anesthetic

This dental procedure is performed under local anesthesia so you feel no pain throughout the process. For patients who feel anxious, we offer nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation to help you feel at ease during your treatment.

Gum Reshaping

One of our dentists will use the diode laser to remove the excess gum tissue to make each tooth look its best and to sculpt a more uniform, balanced gum line.


While there will be minor swelling or soreness in the few days following this dental procedure, the results of gum reshaping are instant. In a single visit, you can have a more symmetrical smile.

Request Your Appointment And Experience Top-Quality Dentistry in a Friendly Environment

Dr. Siegel has been serving the Rockville, MD, area since 1978. During that time, he has established trusting relationships with each patient who has stepped through our doors. He and Dr. Kramer take the time to get to know each patient, their aesthetic goals, and their oral health needs to provide the best possible care. 

Our Rockville, MD, office is equipped with the latest dental technology. From the diode laser to CEREC® same-day crowns, we provide effective and efficient care to give you the smile you want without the long wait.

Contact our Rockville, MD, practice today to learn how our experienced dentists can create your dream smile.


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Loveliest group of people and absolute professionals. Been a patient for years and I would never want to go anywhere else.

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The Risk of Side Effects Is Very Low


This procedure is virtually painless, and since the laser cauterizes the tissue as it removes it, the risk of infection is extremely low. 


The recovery process for gum contouring is relatively short and simple. Minor swelling and soreness are to be expected, but should subside within a week.

Pain Medication

Over-the-counter medication can be taken to manage any pain and swelling you may be experiencing. You should also avoid strenuous activity for the first couple of days following your dental procedure.

Dietary Changes

We recommend you consume mainly soft foods and avoid anything hard or spicy for the first few days following your procedure. These foods can irritate your gums.

Oral Hygiene

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits during recovery. Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily should be continued. However, try to be as gentle as possible to avoid irritating your gums.

Combining Gum Contouring With Other Cosmetic Procedures

A gummy smile could just be the start of your cosmetic concerns. Talk to us about other aesthetic issues you may be self-conscious about so we can put together a customized treatment plan that provides the results you want. Gum contouring can be combined with several other cosmetic procedures, such as:

Teeth Whitening

Our Rockville, MD, practice offers professional at-home whitening kits, Zoom!® teeth whitening in-office treatment, or a combination of both to deliver dramatic results. Professional teeth whitening is safe, effective, and long-lasting when compared to over-the-counter alternatives. Combine this treatment with gum contouring to have a bigger, brighter smile.

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Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin, durable shells that cover your natural tooth. They are great at covering chipped, damaged, stained, and misaligned teeth, giving you a gorgeous, symmetrical smile. If removing gum tissue is not enough to make you feel confident with your smile, porcelain veneers could be the right treatment to completely realize your goals.

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Invisalign® clear aligners are a discreet way to fix minor misalignment issues. They are removable, making it easy to keep the aligners and your teeth and gums clean throughout treatment. Invisalign is a great way to get your teeth into proper alignment before undergoing another dental procedure like gum contouring. 

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Smile Makeover

If you have multiple aesthetic concerns, our dentists can create a smile makeover treatment plan for you. This plan will combine two or more dentistry treatments to improve the overall aesthetic of your smile. Teeth whitening, gum contouring, veneers, and same-day crowns could all be a part of your smile makeover. 

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Dr. Siegel is a brilliant dentist. Not only is he a perfectionist, but in everything he does, his main concern is you. From your pain level to your comfort level, he always wants to make sure you, his patients, are okay. He is always learning the newest means and methods...

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It was my first time at this office. I was really pleased with the quality of dental cleaning I received, as well as with the overall dental care. I also liked that the office was really clean and the staff were friendly. I am planning to stay with this practice. :)

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Dr. Victor R. Siegel and Dr. Aviva Kramer provide compassionate dental care in a relaxed and friendly environment. Our state-of-the-art practice is proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American College of Dentists
  • International College of Dentists

Comfort is one of our top priorities, so we offer sedation dentistry to help patients feel relaxed during their treatments. To schedule an appointment at our Rockville, MD, officecontact us online or call (301) 963-4330 today.

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