Gummy Smiles

In addition to keeping you healthy, we consider it part of our job to make sure that you feel good about the way you look as well. It’s important to be confident with your smile in today’s world. A great smile is an integral part of success in modern professional and social settings.

What is a gummy smile?

Have you ever looked in the mirror and thought that your teeth looked too small? This common trait is known as a “gummy smile.” With a gummy smile, the problem isn’t actually the size of the teeth, it’s that the soft gum tissue is covering up too much of them. Fortunately, this condition is fixed relatively easily with a procedure called “crown lengthening”.

What causes a gummy smile?

  1. Overbite
  2. Overgrowth of maxilla
  3. Extra lip movement
  4. A short upper lip
  5. Teeth that don’t rise above the bone
  6. Gums that don’t recede with age

Questions about Correcting a Gummy Smile? Contact South Charlotte Periodontist at PerioCare!

Gummy Smile Surgery

Crown lengthening corrects the ratio of gum to tooth by shaping the soft gum tissue for a more balanced smile. During the procedure, the gums are sculpted to reveal previously hidden teeth. Anesthesia ensures that the procedure is pain-free, and post-op pain is usually managed sufficiently by over the counter pain medications at home.

The Benefits of a Great Smile

Self confidence and general health are strongly linked. When you smile, the brain releases endorphins that promote happiness and good mental health.