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What to Know About a Gummy Smile

What to Know About a Gummy Smile

There can be a wide variety of reasons that you may not be happy with your smile, often related to the appearance of your teeth. This could be that they’re too small, chipped, crooked, yellow or have gaps between them.

 

Another common concern occurs outside the teeth. If you feel like you show too much gum when you smile, chances are you may actually have a condition known as ‘gummy smile’. This can occur for a number of reasons, and can also be treated in several ways, both temporarily and permanently.

 

Find out more about this condition below, and your options for creating the smile you’ve always wanted!

 

Dentist Ahmet Tosunoğlu at Side Dental Clinic has years of experience in Aesthetic Treatments.

 

What is Gummy Smile ?

A gummy smile, known in medical terms as excessive gingival display, is when you smile and too much gum tissue shows above the top teeth.

 

Causes of a Gummy Smile

Even if a gummy smile is not considered a medical condition, we can still discuss what the causes of a gummy smile are. Obviously, these causes are all related to the teeth, lips, jaws or gums, which happen to be the key components that dictate a person’s smile aesthetics.

 

The most common causes of a gummy smile include:

 

·       Teeth that appear short and remain partially covered by gum tissue

·       Teeth that are small in comparison to the gums, mainly due to genetics

·       An upper lip that is too short to cover the gums

·       An upper lip that is normal in length when the face is resting, but lifts too high when smiling, hence exposing a lot of gum tissue

·       Gingival hypertrophy (enlarged gum tissue)

·       Maxillary excess (an overgrowth of the upper jaw that makes gums bulge out)

·       Usually, the condition behind a gummy smile is genetic, so there’s nothing you can do to prevent it.

 

Gummy smile treatment options

 

After your Dentist in Side Ahmet Tosunoglu determines the cause of your gummy smile (which can be multiple), they can advise which type of treatment will be suitable to correct the amount of gum exposed when smiling. These options will vary in cost, complexity, longevity of results and possible risks.

 

Treatment for gummy smile can include:

 

·       Orthodontic treatment

·       Gingivectomy/Gum lift

·       Professional teeth cleaning

·       Jaw surgery

·       Lip surgery

·       Muscle relaxant injections


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