Is a Gummy Smile Causing You Embarrassment?
A “gummy” smile is characterized by too much gum tissue that shows above the top teeth when a person smiles. If you have a gummy smile, you may feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance when you smile. Many times, a gummy smile can be corrected through crown lengthening, though occasionally more complex treatment may be required. No matter the cause, Dr. Ghina Morad is experienced in correcting gummy smiles and can determine which treatment option will help bring you the most beautiful and proportional smile!
Common Causes of Gummy Smiles
- Small teeth, due to genetics or wear
- High lip line or short upper lip
- “Long” upper jaw bone
- Improperly erupted teeth
- Hyperactive upper lip
Safe and Effective Laser Gummy Smile Treatment
Fixing a gummy smile can provide you with both cosmetic and functional benefits. Simply, aesthetic crown lengthening treatment can remove extra gum tissue and gum recontouring can reshape an uneven gum line. If decay below the gum line is discovered, crown lengthening can also aid in the removal of excess gum tissue to expose the decay below the surface and clear the area. We offer traditional treatment options or minimally-invasive laser treatment to improve your comfort during the procedure and accelerate healing time.
Treating a ''Long'' Upper Jaw
Occasionally, Dr. Morad sees patients who need upper jaw correction to fix their gummy smile. Her orthodontic training in the placement of bone plates allows her to achieve movements that were impossible without hospital-based orthognathic surgery. . She uses mini “pins” inserted under local anesthesia like any filling, providing anchors for an upward pull to the jaw during orthodontic treatment. Over time, the jaw bone is moved to a more pleasing position, eliminating both excessive gum tissue and the need for corrective jaw surgery.
Advanced Training that Transcends General Dentistry
A gummy smile can be caused by many things, and may require more complex functional treatment. Dr. Morad has spent much of her professional career advancing her knowledge of both dentistry and orthodontics to better understand how the gums, teeth, jaw, and lips must interact to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. She will accurately diagnose the cause of your gummy smile and provide you with the best treatment options for your needs.