The shape and health of the gums and the lips can play a role in the appearance of your smile. When the gums extend too far past the tooth root or the lips retract too far when smiling, it can make the teeth appear short or asymmetrical.
Dr. Paulen offers treatment for a “gummy smile” that can transform your appearance and improve overall dental health. Also known as crown lengthening, reshaping a gummy smile can be completed using a diode dental laser. Laser dentistry is a quick, convenient, and effective way to address a wide range of dental concerns and cosmetic goals.
Our goal is to improve the appearance and function of your smile through personalized treatment planning. If you are dealing with a gummy smile, visit our office to explore your treatment options.
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
There are quite a few factors that determine if you have a gummy smile. Genetics always play a big role in your appearance. If you have a higher lip line, more of your gums are going to be exposed when you smile. If you have a shorter upper lip, you’ll see more of your gums, too. You may also just be more likely to have excessive gum tissue. If you notice that your parents exhibit these things, you’re likely to inherit them.
Medical conditions and jawbone development change the look of your entire smile. An overgrown upper jawbone or one that doesn’t develop properly can cause the gums and upper jaw to bulge out and be more prominent. This is also true if your upper adult teeth take too long to protrude as a child, or they erupt in an uneven manner. Prolonged thumb sucking and pacifier use make it more likely to have issues with upper jaw development.
Even your muscle activity can make this more likely. We use many facial muscles when we smile or perform other functions with our mouths. When your upper lip moves too far upward, you appear to have a gummy smile. This can be due to a hyperactive muscle condition, or it can be a learned behavior, where you unintentionally reveal more of your gums when you’re smiling.
Treatment for A Gummy Smile
Dr. Paulen will evaluate your facial muscles, structure, and the shape and condition of the teeth and gums. A comprehensive understanding of all factors affecting the appearance of your smile is the key to a successful and natural-looking result.
- Gingivectomy: For minor corrections to the shape of the gum line, Dr. Paulen can use a dental laser to resculpt the gum tissue for a more aesthetically pleasing result. Laser dentistry provides accurate treatment with less discomfort and minimal downtime. Also known as a “gingivectomy,” this type of procedure is completed in one visit using a local anesthetic for comfort. The laser procedure promotes healing and reduces bleeding and swelling.
- Gum Lift: If a significant amount of gum tissue needs to be removed or reshaped, we may recommend a minor surgical procedure called a gum lift to address your concerns. To ensure your experience is as positive as possible, we will explain all aspects of your care and make every effort to ensure you are comfortable.
- Orthodontics: In certain cases, orthodontics can be used to move the teeth into the proper position. Repositioning the teeth can reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. We offer Invisalign treatment as an effective way to straighten crooked teeth. Our team can work with you to find the best solution for your smile.
Treating a gummy smile can improve your dental health, revealing the natural tooth structure that has been hidden beneath the gum tissue. A more exposed tooth is easier to clean, repair, and maintain, for a lasting smile that looks and feels great.
Our team will work with you to find the best solutions for your smile. Visit our Sandy Springs dental office to explore your treatment options and achieve the smile of your dreams.
Gummy Smile FAQs
A gummy smile can make you self-conscious in public. Learn more by reading the answers to these typically asked questions.
How long does it take to fix a gummy smile?
On average it takes approximately 2 weeks for a gummy smile to heal. Some brushing and discomfort are common in the first week. Patients should do their best to not smile for 4 weeks following the procedure. This will help heal the area quicker and without issue.
Does gummy smile surgery hurt?
Most patients report little pain and discomfort from gummy smile surgery. It has a generally easy recovery with little pain. You will be under local anesthesia so you will not feel the procedure taking place.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
Are you searching for treatment for a gummy smile in Atlanta? To learn more about treating a gummy smile, call (470) 239-6422 or schedule an appointment online.
Visit our Dr. Paulen and our dental team at Proud Smiles. We can explore all your treatment options and choose the best solution for you. We understand that no two smiles are alike, and strive to deliver personalized solutions tailored to your unique needs.