Gummy Smile An Overview
About one-third of the population shows their gums above their teeth when they smile. Any irregularities at the gumline make the teeth look like they are of different sizes, decreasing the attractiveness of a symmetrical smile. When people have a gummy smile, any irregularities in their smile are exposed to the world. As a result, many people just don’t smile. An ideal smile, studies show, displays all of the upper teeth but not the upper gums.
Do you hesitate to smile in pictures and among friends because of your gums? Do your gums appear to protrude from your upper lip more than you believe they should? If so, you may have a gummy smile. Gummy smile often occurs from:
- An abnormal eruption of teeth
- The way that your upper jaw has grown over time
- The muscle in your upper lip is hyperactive, which results in the lip rising higher than normal
With Dr. Sowell’s expertise in all forms of dentistry, he has become the Plano area’s premier dentist to go to for the latest, most effective and most esthetically pleasing gummy smile correction techniques. What’s more, your gummy smile consultation is always complimentary.
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"STATE OF THE ART, BEAUTIFUL PRACTICE, EXCELLENT STAFF. DR. SOWELL IS AT THE TOP OF HIS GAME."Octavio R.
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Gummy Smile What to Expect
Treatment Options for a Gummy Smile
The good news is that people’s gummy smiles can be converted to ideal smiles with what we call a “gum lift.” Typically only periodontists perform this procedure, but Plano area dentist Dr. Mark Sowell has been performing the procedure on his patients for over 20 years. Offering the gum lift procedure enables him to seamlessly integrate his vision of the final result into the smile design.
Most of the time, Dr. Sowell is able to accomplish all this without sutures by using laser dentistry. The result is patients go back to work the next day without any significant visual effects of the procedure except a more symmetrical, more attractive gumline. You can always tell Dr. Sowell’s work because the gumline is always symmetrical and attractive. It’s just one more important detail that goes into creating great smiles. This type of gum lift is permanent.
Most general dentists can do gum recontouring, but this usually relapses or grows back if changes greater than 1/2 millimeter are attempted. Gum recontouring is for very minor detail changes that are not usually noticeable to a patient.
Before & After
This patient had a beautiful, natural smile, but she had more gums showing than she liked. Dr. Sowell designed a gum lift that would reduce the amount of gum display and increase the size of teeth without making any changes to the tooth structure.