When you smile, do you feel the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed by excessive gum tissue? Do your upper teeth appear too short compared to the amount of gingival tissue displayed when you smile?
If you answered "yes" to either of these questions, you may have a condition that is commonly called a "gummy smile" or excessive gingival display
Causes of Gummy Smile
There are various causes of a Gummy Smile. Maybe you have an excessive display of gum tissue in your upper jaw, resulting from the abnormal eruption of the teeth.
If that's the case, teeth covered by excessive gum tissue appear short, even though they may actually be the proper length.
Another cause of a Gummy Smile is when the muscle that controls the movement of your upper lip is hyperactive, causing your upper lip to rise up higher than normal. When this occurs, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile. An equally common cause can be the manner in which your upper jaw bone grew and developed. This could cause the appearance of a gummy smile. For instance, if there was an excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw within the gum tissue, you would experience an obvious gummy appearance when you smile. Whatever the cause, a Gummy smile can have a negative effect on the aesthetics of your smile.
Treatments to solve a Gummy Smile
The good news is that a Gummy Smile can be corrected through various treatment options and here at Estetica we will undertake the treatment of your choice. Gum surgery is available, as is simple orthodontic treatment or maybe crown and veneer treatment combined with gum surgery. Or maybe you should consider surgical lip repositioning or a Botox injection. Dr Sina Salimi provides the above treatment at the Estetica clinic in Chertsey, Surrey www.esteticaa.co.uk He said; “Each case is different to the next and correct diagnosis is therefore imperative. It’s vital to have an understanding of facial aesthetics and face proportion. They are the most important factors in treating a Gummy smile.”
Treatment – the Pros and Cons
There are pros and cons to each treatment. The main disadvantage of all treatments, with the exception of Botox, is the irreversible nature and cost. Botox is often the favoured choice of patients. Treating a Gummy Smile with Botox is not only quick, inexpensive and reversible, but it involves nothing more than two little injections. The result of the treatment is visible after 5-7 days with an additional top up of toxin provided in a review appointment, should there be a need. Dr Salimi said; “Another great advantage of treating a gummy smile with Botox is that the patient can visualize the new smile before committing themselves to more advanced treatment like Gum surgery, lip repositioning and or veneers.”
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