Around 15% of people suffer from a gummy smile; in a perfect smile, the lip should sit just above the top of the teeth, but some people have problems with a disproportionate gum tissue to teeth ratio, leaving them self-conscious about their smile.
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Factors to consider
A gummy smile can be caused by various things; from problems with the teeth and lips, to the gum tissue itself.
Abnormal eruption of adult teeth as they move down can leave them looking shorter than they are, which disrupts the teeth to gum ratio (normal crown length for an adult tooth is around 10 millimeters), even though the tooth is the right size or shape.
Your upper lip plays a big part in the appearance of your smile; the average lip moves 6-8 millimeters when smiling, so when hyper-mobility occurs, the lip may rise too much, revealing more gum tissue. A short upper lip can also have this revealing effect that results in a smile overtaken by gum tissue.
The maxilla (the section of upper jaw that holds teeth) can sometimes be genetically predisposed to grow in a way that protrudes, creating the effect of a gummy smile. The natural size and shape of teeth and the surrounding gum tissue are hereditary.
As our teeth wear out through use, they become shorter; our body responds by moving teeth downwards (upper jaw) and upwards (lower jaw) in a process called compensatory eruption. Gums follow this movement, increasing the perceived ratio of gum to tooth, creating a gummy smile.
Treatments available for Gummy Smile
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Frequently Asked Questions
Only 1 session is required every 3-4 months, but patients will need to return for repeat treatments in order to maintain the result.
Suitability for treatment will be determined following your mandatory consultation. Please note that we can not treat any patients that are pregnant or breast feeding.
Our highly qualified doctors and nurses at the clinic perform treatment for gummy smiles.
There is no associated downtime with this treatment.
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