Do you feel like the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed by your gums whenever you smile? Do your upper teeth look too short compared to to the amount of gums displayed whenever you smile? If your answer is yes to both questions, you may have a condition commonly known as “gummy smile” or excessive gingival display.
Having a gummy smile can have unfavorable effects on the aesthetics of your smile. Fortunately, there are various treatment options for correcting a gummy smile.
One likely cause of excessive gum tissue in the upper jaw is abnormal teeth eruption. The excessive gum tissue that covers the teeth make them appear shorter than they really are.
Another possible cause of a gummy smile is a hyperactive muscle that controls the movement of the upper lip, causing it to rise up higher than usual, resulting in a more exposed gum tissue.
There are several factors that determine your smile or aesthetic zone. These include your facial muscles, your gum tissue and the shape and size of both your teeth and lips.
According to the expert dental practitioners over at Wyndam Manor Dental Care , the optimal smile line involves the least amount of gum tissue possible. Gum tissue that’s visible in the smile should be balanced and feature even contours that go well with the upper lip.
Most gummy smile sufferers are insecure about their smiles and often find themselves reluctant to smile. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only thing they should be worrying about as a gummy smile could mean that more serious underlying dental conditions may be present. For example, a gummy smile that’s a result of how the jaw developed or how the teeth erupted could also mean that you also may have an improper or uncomfortable bite which could ultimately affect your long-term oral health.
The best way to fix a gummy smile is to visit your dentist for treatment options. Your dentist may refer you to a specialist like an orthodontist, periodontist or an oral surgeon depending on the nature of your specific clinical condition.
Treatment could include:
a. Laser Treatments (for minor cases)
b. Orthodontics or Braces
c. Surgical Sculpting
d. Maxillofacial Surgery