Gummy Smile Treatment
One of the traits that can impact the appearance of your smile is too much gum tissue. A “gummy smile” can make some people self-conscious, choosing to hide their smile behind closed lips. There are cosmetic options to combat a gummy appearance and create even, longer teeth that are desirable for a beautiful smile. At Gilreath Family Dentistry, we offer a few different options to treat a gummy smile and create the look you desire.
There are two aspects that contribute to a gummy smile, excess gum tissue and an over-active upper lip. Often the teeth only appear shorter due to too much exposed gum tissue. If the excess gum tissue is trimmed away, more of the teeth are shown, and they look longer. In some cases, the gums can regrow, and bone trimming is needed to permanently reduce excess gum tissue. For some, an over-active upper lip exposes more gum than required. In all scenarios, it is important to consider maintaining the best oral health while achieving the cosmetic appearance desired.
Options for Treating a Gummy Smile
Our cosmetic dental team at Gilreath Family Dentistry can determine the best option for treating a gummy smile. Each patient is unique, and the treatment needed to create their desired smile can vary. Some may only need one option, while others can benefit from combining two or more treatments to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. Treatments we offer include:
- Gum sculpting or reshaping surgery to remove excess gum tissue
- Botox injections to relax the muscles in an over-active upper lip
Considering how important your smile is to your overall appearance, making sure it looks its best is a worthwhile endeavor. If you have a gummy smile and want a new look, there are options available. Contact our office in Marietta to schedule a consultation to learn more about treatments for improving your gummy smile.