Gummy Smile Treatment


Gummy Smile Treatment

A “gummy smile” refers to a smile in which a significant portion of the upper gums is visible when a person smiles. While this is a common and natural variation in people’s smiles, some individuals may feel self-conscious about it and seek treatment to reduce the appearance of their gummy smile.

someones showing their teeth and gums

Treatment Options

There are many treatment options available, below are some of the treatments that we offer at Smile more Solihull:

  1. Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Injections: Botox injections can be used to relax the muscles responsible for lifting the upper lip excessively when smiling. By weakening these muscles, the upper lip doesn’t rise as high, reducing the visibility of the gums. Botox injections typically need to be repeated every few months as the effects wear off.
  2. Gingivectomy: A gingivectomy is a dental procedure in which the excess gum tissue is surgically removed to expose more of the tooth surface. It’s often used when the gummy smile is due to excessive gum tissue covering the teeth. The results are typically permanent, and healing is relatively quick.
  3. Orthodontic Treatment: If the gummy smile is caused by an underlying orthodontic issue, such as an overbite or a high gumline, orthodontic treatment may be recommended. Braces or clear aligners can help correct the bite and reposition the teeth to reduce the visibility of the gums.
  4. Crown Lengthening: This surgical procedure is typically used when a gummy smile is due to teeth that appear short because they are covered by excessive gum tissue. During crown lengthening, the gum tissue is reshaped and recontoured to expose more of the tooth’s surface.

The most suitable treatment option for a gummy smile depends on the underlying causes and individual preferences. It’s essential to consult with a qualified dentist or oral surgeon to determine the best approach for your specific situation. They can assess your smile, discuss your goals, and recommend an appropriate treatment plan to achieve the desired results.