Do You Have a Gummy Smile?

When you smile, do you feel like too much of your gums show
or your teeth appear too irregularly small?

Gummy Smile

 

While healthy, beautiful teeth and gums are essential for an attractive smile, overexposed gums make many people feel self-conscious and unattractive. Many people appear to have small teeth with a lot of red gum tissue. They frequently think that they have short teeth or that their gums have grown over their teeth. From their perspective, they see their smile as a gummy smile. Those people usually do not have short teeth and most commonly they just have too much gum tissue, which simply needs to be removed in order to expose more tooth structure to show their normal length and beauty.

What Is a Gummy Smile?

In a perfect smile, the upper lip sits just above the top of the teeth. A “gummy smile,” however, exposes a larger than average amount of gum tissue and has a noticeably disproportionate gum-to-tooth ratio. Gummy smiles affect about 15% of all Americans, especially women and younger people.

What Causes a Gummy Smile? Reasons for Gummy Smile

Excessive gum tissue can be caused by genetics or certain medications. On rare occasions, it can also be caused by structural issues within your jaw or the way your lower lip is attached.
A gummy smile can also be caused by a variety of factors. Common causes include:
• A hypermobile lip (lips pull back too far when you smile)
• Insufficient lip length
• Maxilla protrusion (overbite)
• Vertical maxillary excess
• Altered passive eruption of teeth (short teeth)
• Overgrowth of gum tissue
• Abnormal tooth eruptionSmile

At your first appointment, we can address your concerns and give you options based on your specific situation. Usually x-rays will be taken, and the ratio of your gums showing versus your teeth will be assessed to come up with a treatment plan customized specifically for your smile!

We have the latest technology that allows us to take care of most gummy smile concerns in our office with a special laser treatment. Many times, the excess gum tissue can be removed and re-contoured to reveal a longer, more natural looking smile.

For more extensive treatment, we work closely with Mayo Clinic trained oral surgeons right here in Lincoln, NE.

Regardless of the reason, we will help you achieve the smile you desire! Feel free to contact our office!


Your Personalized Gummy Smile Correction Plan

A simple, cosmetic dentistry procedure is usually all that is needed to contour the gum tissue to create a fuller, more cosmetically pleasing smile. At your first appointment, we can address your concerns and give you options based on your specific situation. Usually x-rays will be taken, and the ratio of your gums showing versus your teeth will be assessed to come up with a treatment plan customized specifically for your smile!

Excessive gum tissue can be caused by genetics or certain medications. On rare occasions, it can also be caused by structural issues within your jaw or the way your lower lip is attached. We have the latest technology that allows us to take care of most gummy smile concerns in our office with a special laser treatment. Many times, the excess gum tissue can be removed and re-contoured to reveal a longer, more natural looking smile.

Improvements from Gummy Smile Correction
You probably already know why you are considering treatment for your gummy smile, but it can be very motivating to see exactly what treatments can do. Gummy smile treatment may provide one or more of the following improvements:
• Allow your teeth to be the focus of your smile
• Expose more teeth more evenly
• Improve confidence when you’ve always been afraid to smile
• Enhance fullness of the upper lip
• Create a smile that looks relaxed
• Achieve harmony and balance between your smile and the rest of your face

How Much Does Gummy Smile Correction Cost?
The cost for gummy smile correction will depend on the treatment that suits you best. While the amount of gum tissue that shows does not affect the cost, the specific cause of your gummy smile does. Depending on the complexity of the case, the cost for gummy smile treatment could be as low as $2,000.
For more extensive treatment, we work closely with Mayo clinic trained oral surgeons right here in Lincoln, NE. Regardless of the reason, we will help you achieve the smile you desire! feel free to contact our office!

 

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