Gummy Smiles and Short Teeth

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What is a Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile is when you smile and gum tissue is visible above the teeth. The more gum tissue you show the gummier your smile. It is normal to show about 1-2 mm of gum tissue above the teeth. There are several things that can result in a gummy smile, they include: a long upper jaw, hyperactive lip muscles, short upper lip, or excess gum tissue covering the teeth. We will only be discussing the excess gum tissue covering the teeth. Your dentist or periodontist can tell you what is the cause of your gummy smile.

How do I know I have a Gummy Smile?

If you show more than 2-3 mm of gum tissue above the teeth then you have a gummy smile. However, the most important thing to evaluate is the shape and length of your teeth. The average front tooth length is 10 millimeters or just less than 1/2 inch. If you have a gummy smile due to excess gum tissue covering your teeth then you likely have front teeth that are short and square shaped. If so, you are an excellent candidate for a gum lift procedure which will correct your gummy smile and improve the appearance of your teeth.

Are Gummy Smiles Common?

Yes, 14% of people have a gummy smile.

Gummy Smiles and Short Teeth image 01What can be done for a Gummy Smile?

If you have excess gum tissue as the cause of your gummy smile then a quick fix is all you need. You can eliminate your gummy smile and improve your smile in one simple appointment. A minor surgical procedure can give you a beautiful smile. Most people require no additional treatment to their teeth other than the simple removal of excess gum tissue. However, some may require cosmetic bonding, veneers, or crowns to give them the ideal smile.

Won’t bleaching or Veneers fix my smile all by themselves?

Bleaching or veneers will improve the appearance of your teeth but will you will still have short teeth and show excess gum tissue when you smile. Your periodontist will discuss with your dentist what is necessary to give you the best looking smile.

Is a Gummy Smile bad?

No, usually a gummy smile is just a cosmetic concern. If you have a gummy smile, you probably think you were just born with short teeth. Actually, you likely just have excess gum tissue covering the white part (enamel) of your teeth.

What is involved in treating a gummy smile?

A simple two hour surgical procedure will usually eliminate your gummy smile. You will have some minor soreness for a few days after the procedure and will be on a pasta or fish consistency diet for the first week. Most clients return to work on the day following their surgery.

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