How to Improve a Gummy Smile?

How to Improve a Gummy Smile?
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A normal smile includes 2/3rd to 3/4th of the teeth being exhibited and rest covered by the lips. It is not the same for everyone. Some have excessive display of gums on smiling, called as the ‘Gummy Smile.’ It shows up more than 2-3mm of gum display causing unpleasant smile. This gummy smile is more prevalent in females when compared to males. Researchers suggest that it has a hereditary inclination. Have you tried hiding your smile because the gums show up prominently when smiling? If this is exactly what is bothering you, here are some suggestions from the cosmetic dentist Parramatta to improve your gummy smile.

What Are The Causes Of Gummy Smiles?

There are many possible reasons for a gummy smile, it includes –

  • Excessive lip movement which is also known as Hyper mobile lip
  • Also, people with short upper lips suffer from gummy smile, as it could be the reason that the upper lip is not hiding the teeth in upper row and gums correctly.
  • Overbite problems, known as anterior over eruption
  • Overgrowth of the maxilla
  • Short ramus
  • Altered active/passive eruption

Gummy Smile Treatment Options

Depending on the reason for the gummy smile, your cosmetic dentist Parramatta will recommend one or both of the following treatment options –

Lip Repositioning – It is a cosmetic surgery in which the lip is fixed closer to the teeth, so that it minimises the gums display when smiling. The dentist at dental clinic Parramatta, will check you and certify you as medically fit for the procedure. After that, your dentist will schedule a suitable appointment for the same.  During the procedure, the dentist would apply local anaesthesia on the gums, and cut of the excess gums displayed and sew back the inner side of the gums closely with the teeth. The whole procedure would normally take about 40 minutes and you could witness immediate results. This procedure is safe, simple and offers likely results, improving the overall personality and confidence of the person offering a beautiful smile.

Though you could see instant results, you need to take certain precautions not to stretch the muscles too much, which might cause the stiches to break or get loose. Also, follow a soft and bland diet for two to three days after the lip repositioning procedure. You will be asked to visit the doctor after a week to evaluate and get the stitches removed.

Crown Lengthening – The teeth and gums will be numbed with necessary local anaesthesia, and the dentist will reshape the tissue around the bone and gum tissue over the teeth or across the gums. This procedure will expose more of the tooth to expose more of the tooth and less of the gum tissues.

If you feel that you have a gummy smile, it is best to visit a dentist specialised in cosmetic surgery and wisdom teeth removal Parramatta. Your dentist will first examine your teeth and gums using digital or conventional impressions of your teeth and gums. So what are you waiting for? Get expert consultation from expert doctors!