A “gummy smile” refers to the appearance of the upper teeth being covered by excessive gum tissue. Large gingival display can inhibit the appearance of your smile and make yourself less confident to show your teeth in public. The causes of this condition include an abnormal eruption of teeth, making them appear shorter in relation to the gums.

The muscle that maintains upper lip movement can be more active than normal, causing the upper lip to rise even higher. This makes more of your gum tissue be displayed when you smile. Other factors that determine the extent of teeth that are shown when you smile include your facial muscles, lip size and shape, and gum tissue.

What treatments are available for a “gummy smile”?

If you believe you have a gummy smile, you can confirm this by visiting your cosmetic dentist and exploring your treatment options. The dentist can examine your mouth, teeth, and gums to determine how large the extent of gingival display is. The examination may involve creating conventional or digital impressions of the teeth and gums. X-ray imaging can help the dentist evaluate and analyze the tooth roots and jaw bone as well.

Some recommended options include laser treatment, lip repositioning, orthodontics, maxillofacial surgery, and more. For additional assistance or information about diagnosing and treating a gummy smile, contact Pacific Dental Care and schedule a consultation.