A Gummy Smile Is Out of Style

Do you have a gummy smile? You are not alone! A lot of people are self-conscious about their smiles because they think their teeth are too small or too short. Luckily, there are a few different procedures that can help fix this problem. Learn about each one and decide which one is right for you!

What Causes Gummy Smiles?

There are a few different reasons why someone might have a gummy smile. One common reason is that the person has short teeth. This can be due to genetics or it can be caused by certain medical conditions. Other reasons include:

  • Overdeveloped gums or ones that do not recede properly
  • Overdevelopment of the upper jaw
  • A hyperactive upper lip

All of these issues can be corrected with different procedures. Each one of these procedures has its own techniques and objectives. Look more closely into every one to understand what the best option for you may be.

Overdeveloped and Improperly Receded Gums

Gummy smiles can be caused by any number of reasons, but the most common cause is when your adult teeth come in and gum tissue covers more than it should. You may also have an overabundance or abnormal formers that need removal with a procedure called gum recontouring, which consists of removing excess gum tissue to reduce your gummy smile.

Overdeveloped Upper Jaw

This is a much rarer cause than overdeveloped gums and can be much more difficult to treat. A crown lengthening procedure often includes removing small amounts of jawbone tissue in order to expose the underlying teeth, which may require maxillofacial surgery for complete resolution. A doctor would need to assess your situation before determining the procedure that best suits you.

Hyperactive Upper Lip

A hyperactive upper lip can make you appear anxious or unwell. If the problem does not go away with self-care measures like gum recontouring and crown lengthening, cosmetic surgery may be necessary. Gummy smiles can be corrected with a simple procedure that any experienced and skilled cosmetic doctor will have no problem performing. However, some causes of gummy smiles require you to visit other medical specialists to diagnose or treat the issue properly. Dr. Firouzi knows all of Pittsburgh's top maxillofacial surgeons and will refer you to one if needed.

It’s Time to Say Bye to Gummy Smiles

Are you ready to find a solution? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to discuss your options. Book your appointment or call (412) 274-1126 today. We are ready to help!