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’s, 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 studios are located on the border of Thornbury and South Preston, in an ideal location where we can help you design your best smile.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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 Orthodontics 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Lip or Jaw Surgery
- Jaw surgery such as Orthognathic surgery is done normally in conjuction with Orthodontics. 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
Every individual is different and we would like to invite you into The Smile Designer Dental Studio to learn more.
* Disclaimer: All dental treatment may have their own risks and benefits. You have the right to seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified dental practitioner