What Causes a Gummy Smile?


Do you feel like the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed with excessive gum tissue whenever you smile? People have different opinions when a smile shows much gums. Some claim that it is attractive while others say that it negatively affects the facial aesthetics. A pleasant smile is regarded as a symbol of beauty and well-being in the present time. There are many factors can influence your smile aesthetics but below are the causes of gummy smiles.

Abnormal teeth eruption. This is one of the most common factors that cause a gummy smile. When teeth are covered by excessive gum tissue, they appear short although they may be of proper length.

Excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw within the gum tissue can also make you have a gummy smile. This happens when your upper jaw fail to grow and develop in a proper manner.

The muscle that controls movement of your upper lip could be hyperactive. This could cause your upper lip to rise higher than normal and cause more gum tissue to be exposed when you smile.

Hyperplastic growth of maxillary skeletal tissue also cause a gummy smile. It leads to the display of excessive gingival tissue at the upper front teeth when smiling.

Receding gums also causes the excessive gingival display during smiling. This impairs your smile esthetics.

Do you want to improve the look of your gummy smile?

Although gummy smile surgery can fix gummy smile, it is what is required in all cases. Listed below are some the ways to fix a gummy smile.

Gum leveling/Gum contouring- it gets rid of the gum tissue around the teeth.

Crown lengthening- The gum tissue is removed and the bone modified. The gum line is then re-contoured to establish a longer crown display.

Lip lowering- The upper lip is repositioned to reduce the exposure of the gum line.

Botulinum toxin- It reduce the pulling effect and lets the upper lip to rest over the gum tissue in a better way.