Gummy smile

Gummy Smile

What it is?

When you smile, do you feel the appearance of your upper teeth is overshadowed by excessive gum tissue? Are you of the opinion that 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.

Gummy smile can have a negative affect on the aesthetics of your smile. The good news is that a gummy smile can be corrected through various treatment options.


Causes of a Gummy Smile

There are several possible causes of gummy smile, including:

  1. An excessive display of gum tissue in your upper jaw can result from the abnormal eruption of the teeth. Teeth covered by excessive gum tissue appear short, even though they may actually be the proper length.
  2. The muscle that controls the movement of your upper lip could be hyperactive, causing your upper lip to rise up higher than normal. When this occurs, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile.
  3. The manner in which your upper jaw bone grew and developed 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.


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