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What Causes a Gummy Smile and Can it Be Fixed?

Young Child With Gummy Smile

Because we are steadfast in our commitment to excellence and patient-centered care, one aspect of aesthetic dentistry we often address is the “gummy smile”. Many are intrigued, some concerned, about the reasons behind it and its possible remedies. Let’s embark on a journey to demystify the gummy smile and discover if it can indeed be transformed.

Understanding the Gummy Smile: Causes and Solutions

A smile is often the first impression we leave. But what if the gums overshadow the brilliance of your teeth? Here’s what might be causing that gummy smile and how it can be treated:

  • Jawbone Development: A misaligned upper jawbone can sometimes lead to an excessive display of gums.
  • Hyperactive Lip Muscles: For some, the muscle controlling the upper lip is unusually active, revealing more gum than usual during a smile.
  • Overgrown Gum Tissue: Due to certain conditions or medication effects, the gums might grow more than necessary, covering a significant portion of the teeth.
  • Teeth Eruption and Position: The way teeth emerge and position themselves can sometimes result in a gummy appearance.

With advancements in dental solutions, tackling a gummy smile has become more straightforward and effective:

  • Gum Reshaping: By trimming the extra gum tissue, this procedure can bring about a more balanced smile.
  • Orthodontic Interventions: Devices like braces can reposition the teeth, indirectly addressing the gummy appearance.
  • Lip Procedures: Surgical or non-surgical methods can adjust the lip’s position, making it reveal less gum.
  • Botox: By limiting the upper lip’s hyperactivity, botox can effectively reduce the gum display during smiling.

It’s worth noting that at Massih Orthodontics, each treatment suggestion comes post a comprehensive analysis of the individual’s unique dental scenario. Dr. Massih, with her vast experience and a keen eye for detail, ensures the most suitable, effective, and aesthetically pleasing solutions are offered to her patients.

Redefining Smiles with Massih Orthodontics

Our commitment to innovative techniques, coupled with a warm patient-centric approach, makes every visit a step closer to your dream smile. To delve deeper into how we can assist you or to schedule an appointment, simply dial (818) 507-1515. Located strategically in Glendale, CA, Massih Orthodontics has emerged as a beacon for those desiring the best in orthodontic care. 

Your smile is your statement to the world. If you’ve ever felt the urge to modify its gummy aspect, know that with the expertise and care at Massih Orthodontics, your aspirations are in safe hands. Embrace a change, boost your confidence, and let your smile be your signature.

Dr. Karmen Massih Inspired by orthodontics at the age of 10, Dr. Karmen Massih earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine at UCLA's School of Dentistry. After earning her certificates in orthodontics at the University of Pittsburgh, she returned to her hometown of Glendale, CA, to begin Massih Orthodontics, a practice dedicated to transforming smiles for people of all ages.