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Dental Cosmetic Surgery Options

Learn about the different types of cosmetic surgery for teeth from Shane Methal DDS in this Howcast video.


Hi, my name is Dr. Shane Methal, here at Greene Street Dental in SoHo, New York. I've been in private practice both in Maryland and consequently back in New York for the last 17 years. My office website is, that's green with an "e" at the end, and today I'm going to be talking about teeth and dentistry.

Beautiful Teeth: Guide to Cosmetic Surgery for Teeth:

If you are unhappy with your smile, there are several things you can do to correct it depending on the nature of the problem. If your teeth are slightly misaligned, crooked or worn, bonding or composite laminates may be an approach. However, some people have problems with their gum tissue. Some people, when they smile, show too much gum tissue or their teeth appear too short. If that's the case, you may be a good candidate for a procedure called gingivectomy or aesthetic recontouring of the gum tissue. This has traditionally been done with a scalpel or an electrosurgical unit in the past. Nowadays laser are much more tissue friendly and patient friendly. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth otherwise, porcelain laminates or veneers may be another approach. In some extreme cases, skeletal surgery is necessary to correct major misalignments of your smile. Talk to your dentist to see what is appropriate for you.

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