A person’s smile is one of the first things people remember. We notice how large, straight, crooked, white, or yellow their teeth are or whether or not they have braces. We also notice those things they might prefer we didn’t see as well. Characteristics like too much gum show or a “gummy smile” and things like too much teeth show or a “toothy smile”. When those things interfere with your everyday quality of life for one reason or another, you may want to take a look at what you can do to correct those concerns and boost your self-confidence.
What’s a Gummy Smile
It means that a large, abnormal portion of your gums are exposed when you smile. This excessive gum tissue is usually part of the upper jaw/upper lip area. There are many reasons a gummy smile can happen including; Genetics, poor oral hygiene, the use of drugs that cause hyper plastic effects, hormonal imbalances, hematological conditions, and sometimes even the way you age.
How to Fix a Gummy Smile
Gummy Smile Surgery
The goal of a gummy smile surgery is to reposition the gum line on the teeth to improve the appearance of your smile. This often requires a combination of cutting, reshaping and laser removal of excess gum tissue. Sometimes the underlying jaw bone requires reshaping, as well, to bring complete balance to your face.
It may be managed by an orthodontist, who specializes in straightening the teeth and jaw. They may use orthodontic appliances to push the teeth upward, or they may work with surgeons to surgically move the teeth upward, if necessary.
Ultimately, if you have a gummy smile that you would like treated, speak to your dentist. Depending on the cause, they will be able to advise you on the most appropriate treatment option.