Correcting a Gummy Smile
Correction involves a range of treatments from minimally invasive procedures like gingivectomies or lip repositioning to more extensive interventions such as orthognathic surgery, depending on the underlying cause. Each treatment aims to restore aesthetic balance and improve the individual’s confidence and quality of life.
- Gum Lift (Gingivectomy or Crown Lengthening): This procedure involves sculpting the gum tissue to expose more of the teeth, suitable for cases of excessive gum coverage.
- Lip Repositioning: This surgical approach adjusts the position of the upper lip to limit its upward movement during smiling, ideal for those with a hyperactive lip.
- Botox Injections: Temporarily relaxes the muscles of the upper lip, reducing its elevation when smiling. This is a non-permanent solution that offers a glimpse into potential outcomes of more lasting treatments.
Are You a Candidate?
Candidates for gummy smile correction are those who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their smile due to excessive gum display. Ideal candidates have healthy gums and teeth, understand the potential risks and benefits of treatment, and have realistic expectations regarding outcomes.
The Impact of Correction
Correcting a gummy smile not only enhances the aesthetic appearance of the smile but also significantly boosts the individual’s self-esteem and confidence. It allows the natural beauty of their teeth to shine through, transforming their smile into one of their most striking features.