If your teeth look small and stubby your gum tissue will extend well over the enamel. While not universally considered as unpleasant, those with gummy smiles are often self-conscious and tend to smile less. Just how “gummy” your smile depends on four factors, namely:

  • How much gum tissue is displayed.
  • Size and shape of your teeth.
  • Length and movement of your upper lip.
  • Vertical position of your upper jaw and teeth in your skull.

By removing some of the gum tissue you expose more of the tooth’s enamel, making the teeth look longer and your gums shorter, helping you become less conscious of your gummy smile. Thankfully, this procedure is generally pain-free and only uses a local anesthetic. Soreness is to be expected, but since the gums heal very quickly, it won’t be a huge issue as you heal.

Now, if you think that you’re suffering from a “gummy smile”, it’s best to check in with your dentist for confirmation. Your dentist will examine your entire mouth to determine just how much of your gums are showing and any other possible causes. Once the cause has been determined, you’ll then be presented with a list of possible treatment options, including:

  • Same-day laser treatments
  • Surgical lip re positioning
  • Braces
  • Gum contouring
  • Re-positioning of the bones via maxillofacial surgery

The most common and effective treatments would be laser treatments and gum contouring, but your dental specialist will recommend the best option for your particular case.

If you would like to learn more about gum contouring, contact Kemmet Dental Design at 701-872-4789 or visit www.kemmetdental.com for additional information.

Kemmet Dental Design proudly serves Minot and all surrounding areas.

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