Learn about gummy smile solutions

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A gummy smile can affect your confidence. If you’re showing too much gum, skilled cosmetic surgical and non-surgical dentistry solutions are available.
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Are you self-conscious about a gummy smile?

If you have a gummy smile, which is showing too much gum when you smile, it’s possible that it may be causing you some concern. We’ve seen many patients who report a change in their attitude, avoiding a simple smile, because they feel self conscious.

We provide a range of skilled cosmetic dental solutions which can treat gummy smiles effectively, creating a balanced display between the gums, teeth and lips.
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Types of gummy smile solutions

Gum lift

In many cases, there is simply too much gum bulk, and a “gum lift” is required. This can often be done by removing excess gum (gingivectomy), under local anaesthetic, and it can have immediate aesthetic outcomes where teeth that were excessively covered by gums become more harmoniously visible, creating a better ratio between gum and tooth.

In some cases, a gum lift may involve crown lengthening for a higher level of gum reduction, which includes gingivectomy as well as minor bone recontouring. This can also be done comfortably with local anaesthetic or I.V. Sedation (sleep dentistry).

Gum lift solutions can sometimes be combined with aesthetic smile designs using porcelain veneers or crowns, to create optimal smile makeovers.

Lip treatment

For some patients, the problem of excessive gum display is actually caused by the lip lifting too high (up and back) as they smile. If you are diagnosed to have this problem, one option is to use muscle relaxing injections to prevent your “lip lifting” muscles from being to active. This is a quick and simple fix but is not permanent, as the muscle relaxers wear off every few months. Another option which may be discussed is a Lip Repositioning Surgery. This is a minor surgery to permanently restrict the effects of muscles that elevate the lip excessively - so that you see a nice level of gum and tooth display when you smile.


And finally, a different avenue to fix a gummy smile, may be orthodontic treatment. For suitable cases, braces can be used to move your teeth up so you display less gum. The orthodontic solution is obviously non-invasive, but requires more time to produce results. On the positive side, it also takes care of any problems to do with crowding or misalignment, correcting them as part of the orthodontic treatment.

Jaw Surgery

In severe cases which pose orthodontic/jaw alignment issues, a reduced amount of tooth and gum on display can be achieved through orthognatic surgery; this is a procedure performed by an oral/maxillofacial surgeon and the orthodontist. The procedure moves the maxilla (the upper jaw) upwards.

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Gummy smile treatment: what to expect?

The first step is to get a proper diagnosis and assessment of the cause of your gummy smile, and what your treatment options are. At NewSmile, our team of friendly and highly qualified dentists and dental hygienists will be happy to answer all your questions so you are fully informed. We start with an in-depth assessment, looking at any challenges you currently experience: As well as a gummy smile you may have other dental concerns such as damaged or crooked teeth.

Then we explain and discuss your options, making sure you have the options that best suit your particular case. Once you’re happy with the chosen treatment plan, we start your journey towards a new, more ideal smile, and towards your renewed self confidence.  So if you feel that your gummy smile has been impacting your daily life, give us a call and let’s discuss the first step to get your gummy smile fixed.

Gum Disease

A range of conditions affecting the gums and supporting tissue.
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Showing too much gum

Too much gum display can influence the perceived quality of your smile.
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Gummy Smile Treatment

Gingivectomy or Gumlift is usually suitable for cases where teeth are short in appearance.
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