Treatment options for a gummy smile
We want smiling to be part of your everyday life so if you feel self-conscious about your gummy smile, don’t worry – we can help.
Showing too much gum when you smile is a fairly common concern. Whether you feel your teeth look too short, or you’re self-conscious about your smile looking out of proportion – there are many ways to treat a gummy smile, and it may not necessarily involve treating your teeth.
What is a gummy smile?
Gummy smiles occur when there are excess amounts of gum tissue, small teeth or a short upper lip making the teeth appear shorter than the gum, and often distorting facial dimensions. Excess gum tissue can develop as a result of genetics, inflammation of the area or other medications, and whilst it’s not harmful, it can cause embarrassment for many who struggle with a gummy smile.
How can you treat a gummy smile?
Thanks to the simple and risk-free treatment options available, a gummy smile is pretty straight-forward to take care of. Treatments include Botox to prevent the lip from rising as much when you smile, or lip fillers which can be used to lower the lip line. Crown lengthening can also be used to raise the gum line significantly. Gum Sculpting is one of the most popular solutions for a gummy smile and is an effective way of raising the gum line.
Whilst we only carry out gum sculpting here at Harley Street Smile Clinic, we can recommend some great clinicians to carry out the other options if these are your preferred gummy smile treatments. Contact Jill to find out more about the options available to you.
Frequently a combination of the above options is used to achieve optimal results. However, gum sculpting, or gum contouring is an effective way of reducing the appearance of a gummy smile by itself. Working out the right treatment option for you is what we like to help you with, and so we offer free imaging and free advice to aid you in making an informed decision.
Soft tissue gum sculpting
Soft tissue gum sculpting is a pretty straight forward procedure that can be done under local anaesthetic to numb the area for a pain-free experience. Using a soft tissue laser, one of our specialist clinicians will remove a small amount of excess gum tissue. Although minimal amounts need to be taken for this procedure, often the results are significant – leaving the teeth looking longer and evening out the smile.
Gummy smile makeover with whitening
Our most popular treatment to tackle a gummy smile is our gummy smile makeover, which includes:
- Soft tissue gum sculpting to raise the gum line
- All stains removed from your teeth
- Pola Day Home whitening treatment
- Teeth reshaping for optimal appearance
- 1 appointment
- Free pre-treatment simulation imaging
- Full dental health check