A gummy smile is described by too much upper gum tissue showing while a person smiles or talks. This can lead to issues with your confidence and general happiness with your appearance, which is why a lot of gummy smilers opt to get this issue fixed.
Luckily, there are plenty of ways to correct a gummy smile. If you are thinking about correcting this issue, Ghina Morad, DMD has prepared this short article that discusses your best treatment options.
Why Do I Have a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile doesn’t necessarily mean bad dental health, but the condition can sometimes be caused by an issue with your teeth. Here are some common causes for a gummy smile:
- High or short lip line
- Tooth eruption issues
- Hyperactive upper lip
- Upper jaw size
- Tooth wear and tear, which changes the size of the tooth, etc.
How Can I Fix a Gummy Smile?
The right treatment for a gummy smile generally depends on your specific case. For example, during your initial consultation, Dr. Ghina Morad will inspect your smile in order to determine the best treatment plan that applies to your case, and what gives you the best chances to correct your gummy smile.
Usually, there are 2 types of treatment:
1. Crown Lengthening
This reshapes the excess gum and bone and helps expose more of the natural tooth. When your teeth appear bigger, less of the gum area is shown when you smile or talk, which gives you a much more pleasing smile. This is one of the most common ways to fix a gummy smile.
The procedure is also helpful if you have signs of tooth decay along the gum lines, as it can reveal more of the tooth which can aid in removing the affected tissue.
2. Upper Jaw Correction
If the gummy smile is linked to more issues with your jaw, a jaw correction may be a better fit for you. The jaw bone is pulled upward and moved to a better position so that less gum tissue is shown when you smile. Dr. Ghina Morad performs this procedure as an alternative to jaw bone surgery, giving patients a less-invasive way to address their gummy grin.
Are the Treatments Permanent?
Yes, the treatment options for gummy lines are considered permanent procedures. Once the crowns have been lengthened, or the jaw bone has moved to a better position, you cannot reverse the procedures.
Ghina Morad, DMD Can Help You Improve Your Smile!
If you have a gummy smile and want to change the appearance of your teeth, Ghina Morad, DMD is happy to help you access the best treatment plan that can give you the smile you truly deserve!