Is It Possible To Correct a Gummy Smile?

Gummy smile treatment in Seattle

A gummy smile is characterized by an excessive display of gum tissue when smiling. While some people embrace their gummy smile as a unique feature, others may feel self-conscious about it. In your case, it may affect your confidence and self-esteem.

Understanding the causes of a gummy smile is necessary for exploring treatment options and achieving your dream smile. Read on as the doctors at Pacific Northwest Periodontics reveal what you need to know about gummy smiles.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

Several factors can contribute to the appearance of a gummy smile. Sometimes, the gums may cover more of the teeth than usual, leading to a gummy smile. This excess gum tissue can be a result of genetics, gum disease, or certain medications.

The muscles of the upper lip might become hyperactive in certain situations, causing the lip to lift higher than usual when smiling and revealing more gum tissue.

Moreover, if the teeth are shorter than average or not fully erupted, it can create the illusion of excessive gum tissue when smiling.

Lastly, vertical maxillary excess can be the cause of your gummy smile. This condition occurs when the upper jaw (maxilla) grows vertically more than it should. They result in an overexposure of gum tissue when smiling.

Is It Possible To Correct a Gummy Smile?

Yes, it is possible to correct a gummy smile through various treatment options. The first option is gum contouring. It is sometimes referred to as crown lengthening. To expose more of the tooth structure and produce a more symmetrical smile, this technique includes removing extra gum tissue. Lasers may be used in gum contouring procedures to ensure accuracy and minimal discomfort.

If you have hyperactive upper lip muscles, Botox injections can temporarily reduce that muscle activity and reduce the appearance of the gummy smile.

In cases where a gummy smile is caused by an underlying issue such as a vertical maxillary excess or malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth), our team may recommend orthodontic treatment like braces or clear aligners. Orthodontics can reposition the teeth and improve the overall appearance of the smile.

Lastly, surgical procedures such as orthognathic surgery may be necessary to reposition the upper jaw. Surgery is usually recommended only in the most severe cases of vertical maxillary excess.

Book Your Gummy Smile Treatment in Seattle, WA

If you’re unhappy with your gummy smile, call us at (206) 575-1086 and schedule an appointment with Pacific Northwest Periodontics. Our team can assess your unique situation and recommend the most appropriate treatment to correct your gummy smile.

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