Have you ever been told you have a ‘gummy simile?’ if you have, it simply means that you show excessive gum tissue when you smile, and if that’s a problem for you, you can correct it with a gummy smile reduction procedure. So how does a gummy smile reduction procedure work?

Do you have a gummy smile?

Dentists consider a gummy smile to be one that has upwards of 4 millimeters of gum showing. Ideally, the upper lip should drape over the top of the teeth, and only about 2 millimeters of gum should be seen.

What causes a gummy smile?

There are several reasons for a gummy smile. It’s often caused by a hyperactive upper lip that rises higher than it should, resulting in excess gum tissue being exposed when you smile. A gummy smile may also be due to an abnormality in the eruption of the teeth.

Gummy Smile Reduction

There are quite a few treatment options for a gummy smile, but the choice of treatment will depend on the underlying cause of the problem. If your gummy smile is caused by a hyperactive upper lip, it can be treated with an injection that will restrict the elevation of the upper lip when you smile, and decrease the amount of gum shown. This is a simple procedure that takes only 15 minutes to complete. It requires no anesthesia, and has no downtime.

What to expect

Correcting your gummy smile will give yourface a more balanced look, and improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile.

If you have extra gum tissue, and you’re in search of the ideal smile, contact Wellcare Medical Centre to find out more about gummy smile reduction. Call 07 3133 4483 to set up an appointment.