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Gummy Smile

What Is a Gummy Smile?

This is when too much of the gingival tissue is visible when you smile. It is quite common for this to happen. Even though there is nothing wrong with too much tissue being shown, it can be quite embarrassing for some people and may knock their confidence. The process to remedy this is called gummy smile correction or treatment.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

There can be a number of reasons why you may have a gummy smile:

  • Short upper lip – if you were born with a shorter upper lip it can expose more of the gum
  • Child development – during early development there can be signs that a gummy smile may be developing, of which, braces could be used to potentially stop this from happening
  • Abnormal erupting teeth – teeth can sometimes erupt abnormally which can cause more of a gummy smile

How Can a Gummy Smile Be Treated?

To tackle a gummy smile there are a few treatments that may be suitable. We would be happy to see you first for a free consultation to examine your case and identify what treatment would suit you best. There are different gummy smile correction options available including:

  • Laser reshaping – we use a laser to remove excess gum carefully
  • Orthodontics – the younger a patient is, the more effective this treatment will be for preventing a gummy smile (due to managing patients bone development during those important years)
  • Anti-ageing injections – by injecting the upper lip it can relax the muscles in the area, causing it to drop and hide the excess gums

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If your not happy with a gummy smile, please do not hesitate to call us and book your free consultation today.

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