When you smile, and too much of your gum tissue shows on the top teeth, this is referred to as a gummy smile. This condition often leaves patients very self-conscious about their smiles. What a lot of people do not realize is a gummy smile can actually be fixed. Even though it is based on perception, when the exposed gum tissue measures around 3 millimeters or more, this may be considered an excess amount of visible gum tissue.
Timonium orthodontist Dr. Mohammad Izadi offers comprehensive treatment plans designed to improve the contour and aesthetics of the gums. Using innovative dental technology, Izadi Orthodontics helps patients to restore the appearance and health of their gums without the need for oral surgery or other invasive treatments.
Causes of Gummy Smiles
Gummy smiles are more prevalent in women and are caused by many things. The most common causes include:
- An upper jawbone that is longer than normal
- When teeth have erupted improperly
- Hyperactive upper lip
- An upper lip that is too short
- Teeth that are small compared to the gums because of genetics or worn-down teeth
- Gingival hypertrophy (long or enlarged gums)
Gummy smiles can present more than just cosmetic concerns. When the gum line is low or covers a large surface area of the teeth, it can be difficult for patients to receive the dental care they need. Treating gummy smiles can help improve the health and aesthetics of the smile.
How to Fix a Gummy Smile
Gummy smiles can detract from the appearance of the smile and create potential health risks. Treating gummy smiles with laser therapy reduces the risk of developing oral health concerns and improves the aesthetics of the teeth and gums.
Izadi Orthodontics uses laser therapy for soft tissue treatments and gum contouring. Traditional methods to remove gum tissue were painful and required long periods of recovery time. The tissue was actually cut away, repositioned, and then stitched up.
State-of-the-art laser therapy allows for less invasive, more precise treatment of soft tissue dental concerns. Laser treatments reduce swelling and bleeding and eliminate the need for sutures. The innovative technology promotes the body’s natural healing response reducing downtime and discomfort.
We will begin the procedure by numbing the areas being treated. When you are comfortable, Dr. Izadi will use the laser to shorten and reshape your gum tissue. Since a laser will seal off the blood vessels, there will be little to no bleeding. Dr. Izadi’s natural eye for facial aesthetics and advanced training help him to provide patients with natural results that promote healthy smiles. After the procedure, the patient is left with an aesthetically pleasing smile. Our helpful staff will give you directions on how to care for your gums following the procedure.
Gummy Smile FAQs
What causes a gummy smile?
The root cause of gummy smiles is excess gum tissue due to genetics. As adult teeth begin to come in, some patients experience an overgrowth of gum tissue. This may result in a gummy smile.
Are gummy smiles common?
Gummy smiles are not uncommon and are more common in females than males. They impact 14% of the female population and 7% of the male population.
How long does it take to fix a gummy smile?
The time it takes to fix a gummy smile is dependent on the amount of dental work you need. Time to heal post-procedure may take anywhere from two weeks to two months.
Why do some people have gummy smiles?
Excess gum tissue growth causes gummy smiles. While teeth are growing in, sometimes gum tissue continues to grow, resulting in the appearance of a gummy smile.
Can kids grow out of a gummy smile?
Children can grow out of a gummy smile as they age. As new, permanent teeth begin to come in, they may protrude through the excess gum tissue, removing or lessening the appearance of the gummy smile.
Can gummy smiles be fixed?
Yes, we can surgically correct gummy smiles. One of the most common ways to do this is a gingivectomy. A gingivectomy lengthens tooth crowns by removing excess gum tissue.
Request an Orthodontist Visit Today
Our orthodontist office is located in Timonium, MD. We welcome patients from many local communities, including Mays Chapel, Lutherville, Cockeysville, and the Falls Road Corridor. Begin your orthodontic treatment by contacting our office at (410) 919-9806 or request a consultation online, and we will respond to you personally.