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Fixing A Gummy Smile Marietta, GA

Fixing A Gummy Smile

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A “gummy smile” refers to the appearance of excess gum tissue between the upper lip and your upper teeth when you smile. Regardless of how straight, white and pretty your teeth are, too much visible gum tissue can distract from the beauty of your smile. Thus, a gummy smile is a cosmetic concern that is worth correcting.

Fortunately, a gummy smile can often be fixed in simple, minimally-invasive ways. If your gums look long and your teeth look short when you smile, there are two possible scenarios. It may be that your teeth are plenty long enough, you just need to uncover them by trimming back the gum tissues. This can be accomplished during a simple oral surgery. In some cases, a dental laser can be used to sculpt, trim and reshape the gum line into a more aesthetically pleasing framework for your teeth.

The second cause of a gummy smile is an overactive upper lip. This means that your upper lip muscles are especially strong and reactive when you smile, causing the upper lip to rise higher than normal and expose more gum tissue. In this situation, Botox injections can be used to relax your upper lip muscles enough to better hide the gums during a big smile or laugh. Botox is a quick, no downtime procedure that can provide an effective solution for a gummy smile.

Both Botox and gum reshaping can be temporary. Botox may last for several months before an additional injection is needed. Likewise, gum surgery may need to be repeated if the gum tissue begins to grow back over the upper teeth. In some cases, bone trimming may be necessary to ensure a more permanent fix.

Your gums should be the foundation and framework of your smile, but not the main attraction. If all you see are gums when you smile in the mirror, you can do something about it. Dr. Gilreath is a talented cosmetic dentist who offers more than one treatment to address gummy smiles. Schedule your cosmetic dentistry consult today!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Our Client Reviews
Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Marietta, GA 30060

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