A gummy smile can be caused by many things, but for some, it is something they are born with. One way to fix this problem though is going and seeing an orthodontist who may have the solution. Check out what our blog post has in store for you about how to make a gummy smile disappear right away.
Solutions to a Gummy Smile
Most people want to have a perfect smile, but sometimes teeth need some extra help. Crown-lengthening surgery is the process of making exposed tooth surfaces appear longer by removing gum tissue and/or bone from the top surface. This exposes more of your own natural teeth for their gums to retract back in place on their own accord when sufficiently exposed.
A procedure called a “gingivectomy” removes some or all extra tissue before reshaping any remaining cells.
Veneers and Crowns
Many people are affected by the appearance of their teeth, which can lead to feeling self-conscious. Veneers or dental crowns may be a solution for those with imperfect smiles who want to cover up some minor flaws such as a shorter upper set of teeth that cause less gum tissue visibility when smiling.
These simple restorations make your tooth appear longer in order to balance out any issues and give you a more beautiful natural smile without having invasive surgery.
If you have a short or hyperactive upper lip, more of your gum will be exposed when smiling. To remedy this problem consider undergoing lower jaw surgery because it is safer and less complicated than repositioning your lips which can lead to different aesthetic issues such as gummy smiles that are unattractive.
aesthetic issues such as gummy smiles that are unattractive.
Laser Gum Contouring is the newest dental tool that uses laser technology to help with oral hygiene needs by removing excess stray tissues. Issues like plaque build-up due to tartar buildup on teeth surfaces from heavy use are taken care of quickly and easily when using this innovation in dentistry.
Can Braces Affect a Gummy Smile?
Not usually, but it can happen. The brackets on braces are tough to maneuver around and many people find that they just don’t get the dental hygiene done as often because of this. However, one of the most concerning side effects is tooth decay due to lack of brushing or cleaning in between food consumption (poor oral hygiene.)
Gummy smiles are common and a good oral expert will know how to deal with them. Even after braces come off. We understand what it takes to keep teeth in size with the gums and oral area. We also know how successful gaps can be for the smile of your dreams.
Whether you want to get full orthodontic perfection or to cover up crookedness, we can advise you. Get in touch with our orthodontic office today to schedule your first appointment with Dr. McDermott.
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Dr. Michael McDermott earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in both Chemistry and Biology from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. He followed his undergraduate degrees with a doctorate in dental surgery at the University of Minnesota, where he graduated with highest distinction.
Dr. Mike then furthered his dental education by earning a masters and certificate in Orthodontics at the University of St. Louis in Missouri.