Do you feel that you show too much of your gum line when you smile? This condition is commonly called gummy smile, or excessive gingival display in technical terms, and can be a source of embarrassment for some. However, with advancements in modern dentistry, there is a wider range of treatment options available to correct a gummy smile and give you the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. Roy Eskow at Bethesda Dental Implant Center in Bethesda, MD provides gummy smile treatments to patients to help them achieve their cosmetic dentistry goals.
What Causes A Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile can be the result of several different issues, including:
- Incorrect jaw bone alignment: The jaw bone may extend further than it should, causing the gums to look longer.
- Upper lip muscles: You may have overactive upper lip muscles that pull your lip up too high when smiling, showing more of your gums underneath.
- Abnormal tooth development: Teeth may not extend far enough beyond the gum line but are actually the normal length.
How to Treat A Gummy Smile
Since there are many reasons why someone may have a gummy smile, there are different treatments available for gummy smile treatment:
- Lip Reposition Surgery: In some cases, a dentist can combine orthodontics treatment and lip repositioning to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.
- Gum Contouring: One of the most common solutions for a gummy smile is gum contouring. For this treatment, the excess gum tissue is gently removed to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.
- Orthodontics: For patients with mild orthodontic issues causing their gummy smile, a personalized orthodontic treatment plan can help reposition the teeth, reducing the effects of a gummy smile.
- Dental Crowns or Veneers: Placing crowns or veneers can help elongate the teeth, which makes the gums appear shorter in comparison.
- Cosmetic Botox: Botox can be used to reduce the movement of the upper lip when you smile to limit the amount of gum tissue shown when you smile.
- Jaw Surgery: In advanced cases, especially for patients in moderate to severe jaw placement issues, jaw surgery may be necessary to realign the jaw and minimize the appearance of a gummy smile
Bethesda, MD Cosmetic Dentistry
Bethesda Dental Implant Center can diagnose this condition and help you select the treatment option that is best to repair your gummy smile. Schedule your appointment online or call our office at (301) 200-5222 to meet with Dr. Eskow and begin restoring balance to your smile.