Treatment options for a Gummy Smile
If you feel that too much of your gums are showing when you smile, you may have what’s commonly known as a “gummy smile“. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available that can help address this issue.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most popular treatment options for a gummy smile, including cosmetic dentistry procedures that can improve the look of your smile and give you more confidence.
What causes a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, hyperactive lip muscles, and the position of the teeth and jawbone. If you’re not sure what’s causing your gummy smile, it’s important to consult with a dental professional who can assess your individual needs and recommend the best treatment plan for you.
Treatment Options for a Gummy Smile
Gum contouring, also known as crown lengthening, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can help reshape the gum line and improve the appearance of your smile. This procedure involves removing excess gum tissue and reshaping the gum line to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
In some cases, a gummy smile can be caused by misaligned teeth or an overbite. If this is the case, orthodontic treatment may be recommended to help correct these issues and improve the overall look of your smile.
At Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, we offer a range of orthodontic treatments, including traditional braces and clear aligners like Invisalign®. Our experienced orthodontic team can assess your individual needs and recommend the best treatment plan for you.
Botox® injections can be used to temporarily reduce the appearance of a gummy smile by relaxing the muscles that control the movement of the upper lip. This procedure is quick and minimally invasive, and can be performed in just a few minutes.
Lip Repositioning Surgery
Lip repositioning surgery is a more invasive treatment option for a gummy smile that involves repositioning the upper lip to cover more of the gums. This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthesia, and involves making incisions in the gums and/or lip to achieve the desired results.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile due to a gummy smile, there are several treatment options available to help address this issue. At Wimpole Street Dental Clinic, we offer a range of cosmetic dentistry procedures and orthodontic treatments that can improve the look of your smile and give you more confidence.
If you’re interested in learning more about our treatment options for a gummy smile, please don’t hesitate to contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced dental professionals.
ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Clinically reviewed by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl
Written by: Dr Raul Costa
About the author:
Dr Raul Costa is a restorative dentist with a unique set of skills for dental aesthetics and a drive for ultra-conservative techniques. He qualified from the Lisbon Dental School in 2005 and has been practicing in London since 2008. He works with world-renowned ceramists in order to deliver natural-looking, life-like, crowns and veneers. He is also particularly talented and experienced with composite bondings and implant-supported restorations.