Do you have a gummy smile? If about four millimeters of your upper gums are exposed when you smile, then it is likely that you might have this fairly common dental condition. Most people who find out they have a gummy smile often look for ways to correct it.
How Can I Fix My Gummy Smile?
Orthodontic treatment is the most common way to fix a gummy smile. These treatments are great if your gummy smile is mild. It includes using braces that fix your bite and move the teeth into the correct position to decrease the gums' appearance.
If you have a short upper lip, then getting Botox may be the right choice. The Botox injections are given in small doses to reduce the contraction of upper lip muscles that cause overexposure of the gum tissues.
When a protruding jaw causes the gummy smile, the best way to fix it is through reconstructive jaw surgery. In this procedure, our dentist will reposition and resize the jaw with screws and plates. We recommend crown lengthening when more than one gum is affected. During this dental procedure, our dentist reshapes the gum for a more natural look.
Gingivectomy is a medical procedure whereby our dentist will use a laser to remove over growing gum tissue that covers part of the crown. Fixing your gummy smile is optional, but this is the best choice to get that million-dollar smile.
Why You Should Practice Oral Hygiene
Good dental hygiene can prevent some cases of a gummy smile. By brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you can reduce bacteria build-up that causes inflammatory gums. Flossing in between the small spaces of the tooth removes food particles that might lead to plaque build-up.
If you want to know more about the procedures involved or want your gummy smile corrected, make an appointment with us, or visit our dental clinic for more information.