Having to hide your smile can have a significant detrimental impact on your general self-esteem. Individuals who are embarrassed by the appearance of their teeth and gums, mostly try to hide them when they laugh or smile, so that their teeth and gums do not show. This is especially true for individuals with gummy smiles, which show too much of their gums and make their teeth appear small. Fortunately, there are several methods available to correct gummy smiles these days.

A gummy smile can be caused by a problem with jaw growth, muscle difficulties, an atypical tooth eruption, a hyperactive upper lip, or an inappropriate bite among other things, yet there is no technical definition for it. In these cases, thorough dental treatment, often referred to as gummy smile correction, is required to fix the problem and lessen the appearance of a gummy smile.

There are several ways for orthodontists to correct a gummy smile, of which the following are just a few examples:

Gingivectomy: Some individuals have an overabundance of gum tissue, which can generate a gummy smile. In this instance, a gingivectomy can be performed by the orthodontist to remove extra gum tissue and rearrange the remaining tissue to show more of your teeth.

Orthodontic treatment: If your gummy smile is modest and caused by orthodontic disorders such as minor jaw abnormalities or a poor bite, orthodontic equipment by an orthodontist may help. Orthodontics, including Invisalign and metal braces, is one of the most frequently used gummy smile correction methods and can help correct bite disorders and jaw difficulties, making your gums appear smaller.

Oral Surgery: Oral surgery is another gummy smile correction method to extend the crown, and can be performed if your teeth appear short because they haven’t fully erupted. During this surgery, the orthodontist will remove gum tissue and/or bone to expose more of the tooth and allow the gums to retract into their proper place.

Non-surgical laser gum contouring: Your dentist can assist you in removing excess gum tissue by using specific dental lasers. This means you won’t need surgery to achieve the same outcomes, but not all dental practices offer this method of gummy smile correction, so be sure to enquire before scheduling an appointment with your dentist.

According to research, doctors reckon that approximately 7% of men and around 14% of women have gummy smiles, but these figures, however, are predicated on the number of individuals who actually visit a dentist or orthodontist to have their gummy smiles corrected, and the truth is that the numbers are likely to be greater.

Although gummy smile correction can be more costly than one would expect and needs some recovery time – especially in the case of surgery – the corrective procedures provide more than just a more dazzling smile — they will also boost your self-confidence level and contribute positively to your overall well-being, which we at Simply Teeth Essex completely understand.

We devote our attention and resources to advanced technology, and the most cutting-edge dental equipment available, to ensure that every patient that walks through our door, receives the best dental care and treatment possible.