When you smile, what do you see? Is it a straight row of bright white teeth? Or do you feel like there’s a bit too much of your gum line in your grin?
If you feel that your smile is more about your gum line than your pearly whites, you might have a gummy smile. This is a condition that could leave you feeling self-conscious about your teeth – but, luckily, treatments are available to help correct the problem and give you a smile that you love to show off.
As experts in cosmetic dentistry, the team at Museum Dental Suites can carry out a range of corrective therapies to transform gummy smiles. We work closely with our clients to understand their desires and specific requirements and we are committed to creating a treatment plan that works for your specific needs.
For most people, the right amount of gum tissue to see when smiling is around one or two millimetres. Any more than that and it’s likely that you feel your smile contains too much pink – that’s a gummy smile.
There are a number of factors that can cause a gummy smile. For example, genetics could mean you are naturally predisposed to have small teeth and wide gums. Meanwhile excessive wearing down of your teeth – often caused by grinding your teeth – could also result in more gum tissue being visible than tooth.
A high lip line or hyperactive lip elevator muscle can also cause gummy smiles – in these situations, the problem isn’t as much about the proportionate size of your teeth and gums, but rather the amount that your upper lip moves when you smile.
Other causes may include overgrowth of the upper jaw bone or complications with tooth growth or formation – such as altered passive eruption.
Some people can get away with having bit more of their gum line on show – and this mainly depends on the length of your teeth. However, if you feel that the appearance of your gums makes your smile unattractive, there are a number of treatments that can help to correct the issue.
The right treatment will depend on the severity of your gummy smile, as well as the cause. Options may include reshaping of the gum line using laser technology. There’s also periodontal crown lengthening surgery – in which some of the bone around the root of the teeth is removed and the gum line is repositioned.
In many cases, gummy smile treatments are carried out in conjunction with other cosmetic dentistry services. For example, porcelain veneers are a popular choice following a gummy smile correction, as the veneers can fix other issues, such as discolouration, poor tooth alignment and damaged or broken teeth.
Whether you’re thinking about corrective treatments to improve the appearance of a gummy smile, or are looking for other cosmetic dentistry services, contact Museum Dental Suites today on 0207 036 1999.
Our suites is situated in the heart of Bloomsbury in central London and we’ve worked hard to create a boutique setting that creates a relaxing and friendly feeling from the moment you walk in the door. We are committed to providing a high level of service to all of our clients and we’ll do everything we can to ensure your treatment goes smoothly and with as little pain as possible.