What Causes a Gummy Smile- And How Can I Fix It?

Mar 15, 2022

Gummy smiles can have a big impact on a person’s self-esteem. But what causes a gummy smile in the first place? And more importantly- can this issue be fixed? Below, we’ll share what patients need to know about their gummy smiles.

What is a Gummy Smile?

A “gummy smile” is simply the term people use to describe too much visible gum tissue. Usually, patients with this issue will have excess gum tissue that is visible above their tooth line when they smile or speak. Since most smiles only show a small amount of gum tissue, people with gummy smiles might feel self-conscious.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

So what causes a gummy smile? For most patients, it’s simply a matter of genetics. Some people grow more gum tissue than others, which can leave some patients with a pronounced gum line while others have gums that are tucked behind the lips. Tooth size is another factor. Of course, teeth come in all shapes and sizes. Patients with smaller teeth might find that more gum tissue is exposed when they smile.

Is This a Cosmetic Issue- Or Something More?

Most patients with gummy smiles are simply dealing with a cosmetic issue. However, sometimes a dental problem is to blame. A receding gum line can be a sign of gingivitis or periodontitis. Lip and bite issues can also cause exposed gum tissue. If you have any changes in your gum line, then it’s important to talk to your dentist. You should also seek help if your gum tissue is red, swollen, or extra sensitive.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Here’s the good news. There are plenty of treatment options for gummy smiles! Gum contouring is a common treatment, which uses a scalpel or laser to gently reshape the gums and remove excess gum tissue. Other procedures, such as crown lengthening, dental veneers, or orthodontics can help, too. Some patients even use botox to slightly change the lip position and therefore cover a gummy smile. It all depends on you and your mouth.

Talk to a Dentist Today

Noble Smile Dentistry is here to help you smile with confidence. To learn about treatment options, call our team today.

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