Reduce a Gummy Smile

Are you considering a procedure to reduce your gummy smile? If so, you may be surprised to find out there are a lot of different options available to reduce a gummy smile.

Below is more information about why you may want to consider gummy smile treatment, the causes of a gummy smile, treatment options, and more.

Why Gummy Smile Treatment?

Generally, gummy smile treatment is cosmetic. While it can be an indicator of an underlying oral health issue, it isn’t always. So, why gummy smile treatment? The main reason many patients undergo gummy smile treatment is to improve how they feel about their smile. Having a gummy smile can affect the self-confidence and self-esteem of the patient. By having their gummy smile reduced, the patient can smile again with confidence and pride. This can also lead to an increase in overall mood.

Causes of a Gummy Smile

There isn’t just one thing that causes a gummy smile. Below are some of the most common causes of a gummy smile:

* Overgrowth of gum tissue
* A short upper lip
* An overactive muscle that raises the upper lip
* Teeth that are smaller due to genetic factors or wear
* Overgrowth of the upper jaw

Gummy smiles are usually genetic. There aren’t any preventative options to avoid a gummy smile, but there are plenty of treatment options to repair the appearance of a gummy smile.

How to Reduce a Gummy Smile

Below are some of the most common procedures available to reduce a gummy smile:

* Crown lengthening. Crown lengthening (gum reshaping) is a very common treatment option to reduce a gummy smile. This procedure involves the removal of excessive gum tissue. This allows more of the crown of a tooth to show.
* Orthodontics. Braces or aligners can be used for the treatment of a gummy smile. By shifting the bite of the patient, the gums may appear less prominent.
* Dental crowns or veneers. A dental crown or veneer may be the perfect option to treat your gummy smile. These procedures change the overall size and shape of the teeth they rest on. By adjusting the size, the gums can be made to appear smaller.
* Surgery. There are a couple of surgical procedures your dentist may consider for the treatment of a gummy smile. These include jaw surgery and lip repositioning surgery. Your dentist will decide which procedure is best to meet your needs.

Cost to Reduce a Gummy Smile

If you are considering a procedure to reduce a gummy smile, you are likely wondering about the cost. The answer is, “It depends.” The treatment options above all have their own costs. Other considerations are the number of teeth that need to be treated, the specific dentist’s office, insurance, and other factors.

Reach Out Today

If you are considering a gummy smile reduction treatment, reach out today. We’ll schedule an appointment for an initial examination and consultation. From there, your dentist will let you know which option is right to meet your needs.

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