Gummy Smiles Melbourne

A gummy smile is basically excess gum that show when we smile. However, it is all a matter of perception. Each individual is different, each with our own unique characteristics. For some, a gummy smile can be embarrassing, and at The Smile Designer Dental Studio, our aim is to guide you through some of the options available to reduce this gummy smile.

Here at our Melbourne dental studio, we realize that the key to a successful outcome is to understand our patient’s identity. The shape, colour and size of each tooth should all seamlessly blend in to create natural looking facial aesthetics. Our technologically advanced dental studio is located on the border of Thornbury and South Preston, in an ideal location where we can help you design your best smile.

Join us for a Free Smile Makeover Consultation at The Smile Designer Dental Studio.

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What causes a Gummy Smile?

Tooth Problems

  • Over time, and with habits like grinding and clenching, we can wear down our teeth. This causes the downward movement of the teeth as they try to maintain their bite, and brining the gums down with it in the process

Gum Problems

  • Some people have a lot of good tooth hiding under the excess gum. This is a developmental problem and occurs during growth
  • Others have excess gum because of mouth breathing, certain medications and also poor oral hygiene

Lip Problems

  • Lips play a big role in the amount of gum that we show when we smile. Some people have a very thin upper lip, while everything else remains in position. This can give the effect of a gummy smile. Some lip muscles are very active, and this hyper mobility can cause the lips to lift up exposing all the excess gum

Jaw Problems

  • A ‘long face’, where the upper jaw is longer than normal, will give the effect of a gummy smile. This vertical discrepancy normally shows an even amount of gum both in the front and the back teeth, and is sometimes the most complicated to treat.

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What are the Treatments for a Gummy Smile?

Gummy Smiles are normally a combination of problems, and as such, a combination of treatment options can be utilised together. Other Cosmetic treatments such as Porcelain Veneers or Orthodontic Treatment are done in conjunction with these treatments to create that perfect smile you have always dreamed of.

If you have a gummy smile and would like to learn more, then contact us for your cosmetic consultation. We are here to help guide you through each step of the way.

Gum Re-contouring

  • This is a technique where small amounts of gum are removed exposing natural healthy tooth underneath it. This is a minor surgical technique and at The Smile Designer we utilise dental lasers to aid in this technique.

Botox Injections

  • Botox can freeze or temporarily paralyse the muscles of the lip that causes the hyper mobility. It is a quick and simple procedure but will require regular maintenance and top up appointments.

Crown Lengthening

  • When there is an excess of bone as well as gum causing the gummy smile, then this excess bone will need to be removed, in order for the gums to heal back to allow the normal proportions of the tooth to be revealed.

Lip or Jaw Surgery

  • Jaw surgery such as Orthognathic surgery is done normally in conjuction with orthodontic treatment. This is where the upper jaw and sometimes both jaws are surgically adjusted to its ideal position.
  • Lip surgery is done by plastic surgeons to restrict or lengthen the upper lip

Orthodontic Treatment

  • Crooked teeth can give the illusion of a gummy smile, especially when the position of the teeth is angled back into your mouth, or if you have a deep bite. Braces or Invisalign are used to correct dental crowding but are also used to change the position, angles and intrude each tooth to its ideal position.

Every individual is different and we would like to invite you into The Smile Designer Dental Studio to learn more.


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Our Preston dental clinic remains open 5 days a week. We offer morning and evening appointments to cater to your busy lifestyle. We invite and welcome all new patients as well existing patients to our state-of-the-art clinic to experience a smile journey like no other.
Our quality dental treatments at an affordable price range will make you love visiting us. For more information on our services and payment plan, Contact us today on (03)9034 5949 or You can also use our online form or our online booking platform to schedule an appointment with us.