In most cases, a gummy smile is an esthetic issue. The term “gummy smile” simply means that a patient’s gum tissue is disproportionate to the visible portions of the teeth. Although this smile flaw can make patients feel self-conscious about their appearances, there are cosmetic solutions to this type of esthetic imperfection. Many patients are surprised to learn that our cosmetic dentist offers treatment to enhance the appearance of one’s smile by removing and reshaping excessive or irregular gum tissue.
How Excessive Gum Tissue Can Affect Appearance
Excessive gingival tissue can make teeth appear smaller than they should be. When patients have too much gum tissue covering the crowns of teeth, their smile will appear out of proportion. Part of the appeal behind an attractive smile is a symmetrical and proportionate appearance that complements the shape of the mouth and face.
Causes of Excessive Gum Tissue
A number of factors can cause a patient’s smile to appear “gummy”. If teeth erupted abnormally during childhood, it can cause an appearance of a disproportionate smile where teeth seem too small. Other causes include the excessive growth of gum tissue during periods of hormonal changes such as puberty or pregnancy. Some medications and health conditions seem to have an effect on growth of gingival tissue, too.
Recontouring and Reshaping the Gum Line
To alleviate the esthetic concerns a patient has with excessive or irregular gums, our cosmetic dentist can reshape or remove tissue with a procedure called a gum lift. This procedure can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic services to help patient’s achieve an attractive, uniform looking smile.
Before a gum lift, our team uses technology to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. First, digital photos will be taken and uploaded to an imaging system that conducts a smile analysis. Changes can then be made in the computer program to achieve the desired result. To ensure that the treatment plan is best for a patient’s needs, our team will perform the procedure on a model of the patient’s teeth.
To learn more about our cosmetic and restorative services, call the office of Dr. Richard Sousa to schedule a consultation.