Easy treatments for a gummy smile help you show off your pearly whites. See or call your dentist at ORIS Dental Clinics today for treatment!
What Is a "Gummy Smile?"
A gummy smile is a dental problem that can’t be summed up in one word. Since it depends on how other people see it, you’ll probably know it when you see it—most of the time, people like smiles that show no more than two millimeters of gum tissue. Most people thought a smile had too many gums if it had more than that.
What Causes "Gummy Smile?"
Many things can make you smile with your gums. Let’s look more closely at some of the most common:
- Gingival hypertrophy is the name for gums that are long or swollen.
- Teeth that look short because they came in early and are still partly covered by gum tissue
- Teeth that are too small for their gums because of genetics or wear and tear.
- A small top lip
- When the face is at rest, the upper lip is the right length, but it goes up too high when the person smiles.
- The gums stick out when the upper jaw grows too much. This is vertical maxillary excess.
What do all of these things share? They all have something to do with the teeth, lips, jaws, or gums. These are the most important parts of your smile! A smile that looks good is all about balance, so if one thing is off, it will throw off the rest of your smile. Many of the things that cause gummy smiles are hereditary, so they can’t be stopped. But with some help from ORIS Orthodontics, you can get a better smile in no time!
Can You Fix a Gummy Smile?
People of all ages can get treatment for a smile with too much gum. Most people get treatment for the gummy smile to improve their smile and feel better about themselves.
The type of treatment you get will depend on what caused your gummy smile and how bad it is. Some common ways to treat this condition are:
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a deep cleaning technique that allows the dentist to access the gum pockets surrounding the tooth and remove sources of germs to protect your oral health from illness. The elimination of the infection leads to a consequent decrease in any discomfort.
Crown lengthening is the treatment you should use when a tooth already has a crown but needs longer. If you have gum line decay or a cracked tooth, this is also an effective method of treatment that can help.
The process of gum lifting involves removing the gum tissue that is hiding your teeth and progressively elevating the gum line higher, which results in more of your teeth becoming visible. Gum lifting is also known as a gingivectomy.