Gummy Smiles - Visit with your cosmetic dentist
Most people with gummy smiles feel embarrassed in social
situations as they stress over who's focusing on their
large gum line.
Cosmetic dentists have made things easier. You can achieve
your desired smile in a couple simple visits. Treating a
gummy smile does not mean extensive surgery and lots of
pain. In fact, it's one of the easiest dental flaws to
When you're ready to make-over your smile, schedule a
consultation with your cosmetic dentist to discuss your
dream smile and your concerns.
Most cosmetic dentists state that when you smile, your upper
lip should fall where your gum and two front teeth join.
To get a healthy, attractive smile, techniques such as lip
repositioning and crown lengthening are used.
Cosmetic Dental Techniques to Treat a Gummy Smile
Repositioning your lips
As one of the techniques used to treat a gummy smile,
lip repositioning is most often used with crown lengthening
but can also be used on its own.
To treat, your cosmetic dentist takes out some of the tissue
on the inside of your upper lip. After removal, your
cosmetic dentist stitches the lip to your gums. Stitching
prohibits the muscles that lift your lip from revealing an
excessively large gum line.
Lip repositioning is usually performed under local
anesthesia and takes about 45 minutes to complete.
Pros and Cons of Lip Repositioning
- Visible results
- Usually has to be done with crown lengthening
- Your cosmetic dentist can only remove a small amount
of your lip
As one of the procedure in treating a gummy smile, crown
lengthening consists of gum tissue removal. While you're
under anesthesia, your cosmetic dentist eliminates some of
the gum tissue. This removal lengthens your teeth.
Usually done in just one visit, crown lengthening only
requires about two hours to complete.
With advanced technologies and higher training, treating
gummy smiles has never been easier. Consult your cosmetic
dentist and discuss your treatment options.
Pros and Cons of Crown Lengthening
- If the procedure shows the root of your tooth, you
may have to get veneers.