We all have our own unique smile which adds to our individuality. Though not everyone is happy with their smile, particularly when they feel their smile is ‘gummy’. A gummy smile is when excess gum shows under the upper lip and the teeth appear too short in relation to the gums. Ideally, only a couple of millimetres of gum is seen when someone smiles and the upper lip sits just above their gum.
The formal name for a gummy smile is excessive gingival display and it can be caused by tooth, gum, lip or jaw issues. Treatment goals are generally based around making the gum tissue and teeth more proportional to the person’s face.
Treating a gummy smile becomes more of a priority when there are health impacts. Eating and efficient tooth cleaning can be affected, as well as increasing the risk of breathing problems, especially when sleeping. Unless there are associated health risks, there is no real reason to fix a gummy smile. However, some people feel self-conscious about their smile to the point where it is affecting their confidence and self-esteem. Book an appointment with your dentist to discuss options that may be right for you.
Treatment options vary depending on the extent and cause for a gummy smile. Your dentist will guide you in what’s right for your individual condition. Sometimes a combination of treatments can be used together to bring about the best solution.
Speak with your dentist about ways your gummy smile can be improved.
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