Do You Have a Gummy Smile You Dislike? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Do you find yourself self-conscious about your gummy smile, where too much gum is displayed above your teeth or your teeth appear shorter than you’d like? If so, there are several potential reasons for this, ranging from the length of your teeth to the activity of your upper lip muscles.

So, what can you do to address this?

  1. Lengthen Short Teeth: Short teeth can be extended using cosmetic procedures like Composite Bonding or, for more lasting results, Porcelain Veneers.
  2. Treat Overactive Upper Lip Muscles: If your upper lip muscles are overly active and pull your lip up too much, muscle relaxant injections can be used to reduce this effect. However, this treatment may need to be repeated periodically.
  3. Address Crowded Teeth: Teeth that are crowded can have uneven gum levels compared to their neighbours. This may require orthodontic treatment to properly align teeth and gums.
  4. Correct Excessive Gum Display with Short Teeth: If short teeth are the root cause of excessive gum display, a minor surgical procedure known as Cosmetic Gingivoplasty can be performed.

What is Cosmetic Gingivoplasty?

Cosmetic Gingivoplasty is a straightforward procedure typically done in a single visit. It involves using a laser to precisely sculpt the gum tissue, creating a better balance between gum display and tooth length. The process is done under local aneasthesia, ensuring minimal discomfort for the patient.

After the procedure, there is typically no bleeding, and any discomfort can be managed with mild pain relief. You’ll need to take care when brushing and avoid hard or tough foods for about a week afterward.

While orthodontic treatment can often align teeth beautifully, sometimes it can result in uneven gum levels. In these cases, Cosmetic Gingivoplasty may be necessary to achieve the ideal smile. It’s important to note that this procedure is typically not included in the initial cost of orthodontic treatment.

Ultimately, if you’re unhappy with your gummy smile, there are effective solutions available. Consulting with a qualified cosmetic dentist can help you determine the best approach to achieve the smile you desire. With modern techniques like Cosmetic Gingivoplasty, you can confidently take steps towards a smile that you’ll love.


Do You Have a Gummy Smile You Dislike? Here's What You Can Do About It


Do You Have a Gummy Smile You Dislike? Here's What You Can Do About It

AFTER: Photo taken one minute after completion of procedure.

Do You Have a Gummy Smile You Dislike? Here's What You Can Do About It

Same case 8 years later after Cosmetic Gingivoplasty


Do You Have a Gummy Smile You Dislike? Here's What You Can Do About It

BEFORE with slightly shorter teeth and some gum unevenness.

Do You Have a Gummy Smile You Dislike? Here's What You Can Do About It

AFTER, with Cosmetic Gingivoplasty, and also Porcelain Veneers and lower tooth

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