The term “gummy smile” is often used to describe having too much gum tissue visible in a full smile. This may occur with a single tooth, several teeth, or all teeth. Regardless, the disproportion of gum-to-tooth or uneven gum line causes some people to feel self-conscious about smiling. Some feel so awkward about this that they put their hand in front of their mouth when smiling or laughing.
Having a gummy smile may be the result of lengthy orthodontic treatment, developmental influences or genetics. Fortunately, correcting a gummy smile can now be performed simply using modern techniques and technology. In our office, we use a dental laser. Most treatments are completed in just one visit with a quick recovery time.
The most common method of correction is through a gingivectomy. This procedure removes excess gum tissue in a process that is comfortable with no sutures. The tissue is typically fully healed in 1-2 weeks.
This procedure is also a common way to create a more aesthetic gum line for crowns and other restorative procedures.
You should feel terrific about your smile, and love smiling! If you feel your gum line is detracting from the appearance of your smile, call us toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation.