Reduction Techniques for Gummy Smiles
Data suggests as many as 14 percent of women, and 7 percent of women, complain about their gummy smile. Dentally, the definition of a gummy smile can vary. But the consensus is that more than two millimeters of gum exposure can leave many people feeling self-conscious about the way they smile. And usually, you know it when you see it.
Causes for gingival exposure are usually genetic. These can include a surplus of gum tissue, a shortened upper lip, or just small teeth (ideal crown length is approximately 10 millimeters).
Probably the most famous instance of a gummy smile in the public eye is the actress Kirsten Dunst. Since not everyone looks like that, most people try to either adjust their smile to accommodate the gumminess, or fix their gummy smile with measures ranging from small to drastic. These techniques include:
The dentist reduces available gum tissue to increase tooth visibility. This procedure can also be used to prepare a structurally-unsound tooth for crowning.
If all you need is a couple of inches of reduction, laser treatment can be beneficial. After the gum line is contoured, the teeth appear more elongated.
In lieu of surgery, more dentists and patients are turning to Botox injections to paralyze the upper lip. The effect only lasts for three or four months, but is less expensive than anything surgical.
Smile therapy may not be the most important part of dental care, but it’s the most cared about by patients. Call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.
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