Even if your teeth are perfectly straight and free from stains, it's possible for your appearance to be adversely affected by the presence of a gummy smile. While a gummy smile doesn't necessarily make you less attractive, it can cause issues with your facial aesthetics. There are, however, a variety of dental solutions that are available for a gummy smile. If you feel that your smile could be improved by reducing how much of your gums appear when smiling, you should consider all of your treatment options and select the one that best fits your needs.
Causes of a Gummy Smile
One of the likeliest reasons for the presence of a gummy smile is because of issues with the eruption of your teeth. If your permanent teeth never erupted properly out of the gum, it's likely that one or more of your teeth will appear shorter than they should be. In fact, this type of tooth is likely at the proper length but can't be seen when half of it is below the gum. It's also possible that one of the muscles within your upper lip is hyperactive, which can lead to issues where your upper lip rises higher than it's supposed to and reveals more gum tissue. The upper bone in your jaw may also develop in a manner that causes a gummy smile. If the upper jaw protrudes too much, the end result is a gummy smile. If your teeth never erupted properly, it's likely that this was caused primarily because of genetics. There are a range of genetic factors that can create this type of smile.
How a Gummy Smile Can Be Improved
If you feel that too much of your gums are showing whenever you smile, there are several treatments that can be used to fix this issue, all of which can be provided by our Las Vegas dentist. The type of treatment provided to you depends on the root cause of the issue. If the gummy smile is brought about because of issues with your upper lip, a lip lowering procedure may be administered. This is a type of treatment that re-positions your upper lip so that less gums are showing whenever you smile. It's a simple treatment that comes without many risks. You might also want to consider a treatment of Botox. The substances used in this treatment are highly effective at pulling the upper lip down for a more natural appearance. A gum contouring or leveling procedure may be provided as well, which is a treatment that's centered around removing any of the extra gum tissue that's causing your gummy smile. The final type of treatment that you might want to select is the crown lengthening treatment. This treatment removes gum tissue, modifies the bone, and re-contours the gum line for a much better smile. Schedule an appoint with our Las Vegas dentist today to get an idea of which treatment is best for you.