An excessive gingival display is when too much of your gum is revealed when you smile. This is commonly referred to as a gummy smile.
Causes of a gummy smile
There are multiple causes of a gummy smile, including:
- A flaw in the muscles in the upper lips (muscles may be overactive or undersized)
- Excessive growth of the upper jawbone
- How the teeth develop during childhood
- A high lip line
- Long or enlarged gums
A gummy smile can be a cause of great discomfort, and for many, often leads to continuous embarrassment when smiling. If you feel embarrassed by your gummy smile, don’t despair – there are options for improving it!
Available treatment for a gummy smile
A gummy smile can be corrected through a number of cosmetic dentistry interventions. These interventions may include the removal of excess gum tissues, oral surgery, or orthodontic treatment.
Removal of excess gum tissue
Removal of excessive gum tissue will result in a lengthening of the teeth and realignment of the gum line. For this procedure, a dental surgeon or a periodontist will surgically lift the gum line to allow more surface area of the teeth to be revealed and for the gums to become less visible when smiling. This procedure is usually done under anesthesia.
Getting periodic Botox injections is a proven way of reducing a gummy smile. This treatment option involves injecting Botox into the upper lip. When the Botox is injected into the upper lip in the required dosage, it reduces the movement in the lip, thereby preventing the entire gum line from being revealed when smiling. For continued effectiveness, injections are usually required to be repeated every 6 to 12 months. Botox injections must be administered by a trained practitioner.
The use of orthodontic treatment such as aligners and braces can help to realign the gums, thus reducing gingival display. In extreme cases, intervention in the form of reshaping or contouring the jawbone may be required to adjust a gummy smile.
Choosing the appropriate dentist
If you are ready to change your gummy smile, you should consult a reputable, certified dentist before you decide to do any dental work. If you reside in Surrey, contact us at Newton Village Dental Clinic.
At Newton Village Dental Clinic, we recognize that all our patients are unique, and we will tailor dental solutions to meet your individual needs. We are sensitive to your concerns, and it is our goal to make you feel comfortable visiting our practice while we provide you with the best dental care possible.
The first step toward achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that will build your self-confidence and transform your life is to schedule an appointment at our Surrey dental clinic. So, do not hesitate, give us a call or book your appointment online today. We look forward to working with you!