Can Gummy Smiles be Treated?

Gums, lips and teeth all play a role in a gummy smile, or a smile that shows too much gum tissue. Although many people have gummy smiles, they are not always aware that they have treatment options. While gummy smiles do not always affect your dental health, they can affect your confidence. Our expert in periodontics in Los Angeles can help you find the treatment you need to get the smile you want.

Several things can cause a gummy smile, including:

• A short upper lip
• Hypermobile lip muscles
• Overgrowth of gum tissue
• Compensatory eruption
• Altered active eruption
• Altered passive eruption

The three most common ways to manage a gummy smile include periodontal surgery, orthodontics and lip lowering surgery. Jaw surgery is also available to address specific issues. Each procedure works to address specific issues, and several may be combined to manage multiple issues.

Most of the time, we are able to correct the look of your gummy smile using conservative, minimally invasive procedures. People generally recover quickly and are able to show off their new smiles right after treatment. Complications are rare, but some patients have sensitivity for a few days after the surgery. Call us today to learn more about treating gummy smiles or to schedule an appointment with our expert in gummy smile treatment in Los Angeles.