Laser Gum Reshaping for Small Teeth By Byron J Nordhus D.D.S. on March 15, 2019

Illustration showing the teeth before and after laser gum reshapingThere are many factors that contribute to a beautiful smile. Bright, white teeth that are well-aligned and free of structural damage enhance the appearance of the smile. In addition, less obvious characteristics, like the size of the teeth and the amount of gum tissue are also important.

Excessive gum tissue contributes to a gummy smile that makes the teeth look significantly smaller. In these cases, patients can undergo laser gum reshaping to reduce gum tissue. Dr. Byron J. Nordhus offers laser gum reshaping for small teeth at our Wichita, KS practice. This treatment reveals more of the underlying tooth structure and improves the proportions of the smile.


Laser gum reshaping is a safe and precise technique that is associated with a low risk of complications. Aesthetically speaking, ideal candidates for laser gum reshaping are those who want to improve the appearance of the smile by improving imperfections such as:

  • Gum tissue that is disproportionate to tooth structure
  • Low-hanging gum tissue
  • An uneven gum line
  • Teeth that look smaller and less prominent than the patient would like

The Procedure

Laser gum reshaping requires just one dental appointment to complete. In most cases, the procedure is done in under an hour.

To begin treatment, Dr. Nordhus will use local anesthetic to numb the gum line. This helps patients remain comfortable throughout the procedure. When the anesthetic has taken effect, Dr. Nordhus will mark the gum line to indicate where tissue will be removed.

Whereas traditional gum reshaping is done with a scalpel, Dr. Nordhus uses a powerful soft tissue dental laser. The laser uses the heat of concentrated light energy to remove excess gum tissue. The laser offers precise control, allowing Dr. Nordhus to remove just the right amount of tissue and leave patients with a more even and symmetrical gum line.

After treatment, the gums may be slightly sore and swollen. However, any discomfort should be easily managed with the use of over-the-counter pain medication, so patients shouldn’t require any downtime. In fact, many patients choose to return to work or other routine activities immediately following their treatment.

Benefits of Laser Gum Reshaping

Laser gum reshaping reveals tooth enamel that was previously covered by excessive gum tissue. By doing so, treatment makes the teeth look larger and eliminates the gummy smile that so many people wish to avoid. But the benefits of laser gum reshaping are more than just cosmetic.

Laser gum reshaping is safer, more precise, and more comfortable than traditional gum reshaping. As the laser removes gum tissue, it simultaneously cauterizes the blood vessels. This minimizes bleeding, reduces the risk of infection or other complications, and shortens recovery time for the patient.

Contact Us

Laser gum reshaping safely eliminates excess gum tissue to give patients larger, healthier looking teeth and a more proportional smile. If you are interested in learning more about this cosmetic dentistry treatment, contact us online at your earliest convenience or call (316) 721-6730 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Byron J. Nordhus.

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​Dr. Byron J. Nordhus

Nordhus Dentistry

Dr. Byron J. Nordhus strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive dental care at his Wichita, KS, practice, while treating his patients like family. He uses advanced materials, treatments, and technology to make dental procedures as effective and painless as possible. Affiliations include:

  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Association 

To schedule your consultation, contact us online or call us at (316) 721-6730.

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