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    Transform your smile and boost your confidence with our advanced treatments for gummy smiles. Say goodbye to self-consciousness and embrace a radiant, balanced smile. Contact us to explore personalized solutions for your gummy smile and start smiling with newfound confidence.

    What is a Gummy Smile?

    A gummy smile is a condition where a significant amount of gum tissue is visible above the top teeth when smiling. While it's primarily a cosmetic concern, for many people, it can affect their self-esteem and confidence.

    Symptoms of a Gummy Smile

    The primary symptom of a gummy smile is the excessive display of gum tissue above the top teeth when smiling. The teeth may appear short because more gum than tooth is displayed. With some individuals showing only a slight excess of gum, while others may reveal a significant portion of their gums when smiling.

    Detailed Symptoms of a Gummy Smile Include:

    • Visible Gum Tissue. When smiling, more than the usual amount of gum tissue is visible above the top teeth. Generally, a smile is considered 'gummy' if more than 4 millimeters of gum tissue shows.
    • The teeth might appear shorter than normal because the gum tissue covers a larger portion of the tooth's surface.
    • In some cases, the gummy smile might be uneven, with more gum tissue visible on one side than the other.

    Causes of a Gummy Smile

    • Genetics. Natural growth and development of the jaw can lead to a gummy smile.
    • An overactive muscle in the upper lip can cause it to rise higher than normal when smiling.
    • Abnormal Teeth Eruption. Teeth that have not emerged from the gum as they should can make the teeth appear shorter.
    • Gum Tissue Issues – excess gum tissue or abnormal dental development.
    Dr.-B.-Lipovetskiy (1)

    Boris Lipovetskiy

    Dentist with 30 years of experience

    Choosing the Gummy Smile Treatment

    The right treatment for a gummy smile varies from person to person, depending on the cause and severity of the condition. A consultation with a dental specialist or a cosmetic dentist can help determine the most appropriate approach. These professionals can assess the specific characteristics of your smile and recommend a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

    Gummy Smile Treatment

    1 Orthodontics

    If your gummy smile is due to mild issues with your jaws or bite, an orthodontic treatment with Invisalign can shift the position of your teeth to reduce the amount of gum tissue that shows when you smile.

    2 Porcelain Veneers or Crowns

    Placing a restoration, such as a porcelain veneers or crown, can make worn or short teeth appear longer and balance the proportions of your smile.

    3 Laser Gum Contouring

    This is a common and minimally invasive procedure where excess gum tissue is trimmed away with a laser to expose more of the teeth.


    Most of the causes of a gummy smile are hereditary

    Unfortunately, when a gummy smile is caused by genetics, there are no reliable methods of prevention. However, by visiting a dentist on a regular basis, you can address teeth grinding and other issues that can eventually contribute to a gummy smile.