Gummy Smile? We Can Correct It In Just 1-2 Visits!

Posted on Apr 15, 2013 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

The term “gummy smile” is often used to describe having too much gum tissue visible in a full smile. This may occur with a single tooth, several teeth, or all teeth. Regardless, the disproportion of gum-to-tooth or uneven gum line can cause people to feel self-conscious about smiling. Some feel so awkward about this that they put their hand in front of their mouth when smiling or laughing.

Having a gummy smile may be the result of lengthy orthodontic treatment, developmental influences or genetics. Fortunately, correcting a gummy smile can be performed simply using modern techniques and technology. Most treatments are completed in just one or two visits with a quick recovery time.

The most common method of correction is through a gingivectomy.  This is performed with a minimal amount of gum reduction necessary. This procedure removes excess gum tissue in a comfortable process. The tissue is typically fully healed in 2 weeks.

This procedure is also a common way to create a more aesthetic gum line for crowns and other restorative procedures.

Want to feel terrific about your smile? If you feel your gum line detracts from the appearance of your smile, call (828) 274-9440 for a consultation.

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