Gingival masks are technically artificial and removable gums designed to improve the cosmetic appearance of your smile. Made from gum-colored, surgical silicone, these restorations are comfortable, soft, and incredibly easy to place over teeth. With that said, it’s not unheard of for gingival masks to also be made from acrylic, porcelain, or composite resin.
Each mask is custom-made to fit over your teeth exactly, ensuring that your teeth are not overly exposed. Not only are they easily removable for cleaning and practicing routine brushing and flossing, but they are easy to maintain and FDA-approved. This is sure to give you more confidence during your next dental appointment.
Gingival masks are mainly designed to cover teeth that appear larger than normal as a result of gum recession. This side effect is most common when gum disease is present, which causes the gum tissue to pull back so plaque and tartar do not inflict future damage to the gums.
However, there are many situations where teeth can be exposed as a result of gum recession, despite having healthy gums. For example, brushing for too long or too hard can also lead to gum recession. You may also experience a higher risk for gum recession if you regularly grind your teeth. In other cases, teeth may appear oversized purely due to genetics and may not be tied to any dental disease or poor habits at all.
Gingival masks are also capable of hiding dental work, ensuring your smile looks more natural despite undergoing treatments designed to restore and protect your healthy teeth and other oral structures.
Thankfully, there’s no need to complete oral surgery or other regenerative procedures just to receive a gingival mask. Instead, Dr. Alani captures an impression of your teeth and gums using a disposable tray. This impression is then sent to a dental lab so it can be fabricated and customized to fit your smile exactly. The mask is so personalized that it only relies on your lip and moisture in your mouth to stay secure. Whether you want a short- or long-term solution for oversized teeth visible in your smile, a gingival mask can help get the job done!