A “gummy smile” often describes teeth that appear short as a result of too much gum tissue visible when smiling. This is often due to either an over-retracted upper lip or genetics affecting the shape of your lips, lower face and oral structure. In most cases, it is a cosmetic concern and does not affect your dental health, but there are treatment options that can provide a more balanced look, exposing more of the tooth surface and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile.
Dr. Richard and Dr. Bruce Corbin can provide the experienced care and advanced treatment options you need to address a gummy smile and any underlying dental health issues that are related to the appearance of your teeth and gums. Your Corbin dentist can work with you on an individual basis to create a new look that enhances your natural smile and supports stable or improved long term oral health. We can boost your smile confidence with personalized care for your unique needs and aesthetic goals.
Treating a Gummy Smile: What to Expect
The first step towards a more pleasing and balanced smile is a consultation to evaluate all aspects of your smile and to discuss your desired outcome. Using digital technology and diagnostics we can work with you to develop a customized treatment plan.
There are treatment options for reducing gum tissue and achieving your goals:
- Crown lengthening: if the teeth are determined to be too short, this procedure will recontour the gums using special tools to push up visible tissue and create a higher gum line. The process can be performed using dental sedation for your comfort and may require the placement of sutures to allow proper healing.
- Laser dentistry: dental lasers can be highly effective for removing excess gum tissue, also known as gingival hyperplasia with great accuracy. Laser dentistry is less invasive, less painful and promotes natural healing.