Why do my gums show so much when I smile?

Have you noticed extra gum tissue showing when you smile? Finding that your gums are stealing the spotlight?

You’re not alone! This is known as a “gummy smile”, and many people experience it. According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, it’s estimated that anywhere from 10.5% to 29% of young adults have a gummy smile (with a higher prevalence in women.)

We’re here to help you love your smile with effective gummy smile treatment options and handy information:

What is a gummy smile?

Also called “excessive gingival display”, a gummy smile occurs when an excessive amount of gum tissue is visible, overshadowing the teeth when smiling. It can vary in severity from person to person, but the result is the same – less focus on your teeth and more on your gums.

Causes of a gummy smile

Several factors contribute to the presence of a gummy smile, including:

  • Hyperactive upper lip muscles
  • Tooth shape and size
  • Position of the upper jaw
  • Length of the upper lip

Gummy Smile Treatment Options

When it comes to treating a gummy smile, there are a number of potential treatment options. We provide two effective gummy smile treatments: Botox for gummy smile and esthetic crown lengthening.

1. Botox for gummy smile

Botox isn’t just for wrinkles! This innovative treatment involves injecting Botox into the hyperactive muscles responsible for elevating the upper lip excessively during smiling.

By relaxing these muscles, Botox can effectively reduce the amount of gum tissue displayed, resulting in a more balanced smile.

How it works

  1. Temporary paralysis: Botox temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles, preventing them from contracting and lifting the upper lip excessively.
  2. Reduced gum display: By relaxing the hyperactive muscles, gummy smile botox effectively reduces the elevation of the upper lip, resulting in less gum tissue being displayed when smiling.
  3. Natural-looking results: The effects of gummy smile botox typically last for several months, after which the muscles gradually regain their function. With periodic maintenance treatments, patients can enjoy long-lasting, natural-looking results.

Our periodontists, Dr. Medina and Dr. Mashkouri, are certified and trained for botox treatment in Tampa and New Port Richey!

2. Esthetic crown lengthening

Another gummy smile treatment, esthetic crown lengthening can be performed to expose more of the tooth structure by reshaping the gum line. This procedure helps balance the proportions of the teeth and gums, enhancing the overall appearance of the smile. It can also be used to eliminate unsightly uneven gum levels on adjacent teeth.

How it works

  1. Personalized treatment plan: One of our highly-experienced periodontists will carefully assess the extent of excess gum tissue and plan the optimal placement of the new gum line to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome.
  2. Procedure: Under local anesthesia, excess gum tissue is removed, and the gum line is reshaped to expose more of the tooth surface, creating a natural and symmetrical appearance.
  3. Long-term benefits: Patients will notice a significant improvement in the appearance of their smile, with reduced gum visibility and enhanced tooth exposure. Esthetic crown lengthening offers long-lasting benefits.

Our team is led by Dr. Jessica Stilley, who is nationally recognized as the first board-certified periodontist in Pasco County and has been granted the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.

With Periodontal Health Center, you’re in the best hands.

Find out which gummy smile treatment is right for you.

The right treatment for you will depend on your current condition, your goals and preferences. When you visit us for your initial consultation, one of our experienced periodontists will evaluate your individual needs and recommend the most suitable treatment option for achieving your desired results.

We prioritize patient safety and satisfaction, ensuring that each treatment is tailored to achieve optimal outcomes.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions, or schedule your appointment at one of our periodontal offices in New Port Richey or Tampa today!

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