Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Addresses Gummy Smiles

Have you ever wondered why your teeth look like kid’s teeth? Have you had porcelain veneers placed previously yet you are still unhappy with the shape of your teeth? Do your teeth appear to be different sizes or too small for your face? Ladies, does vibrant lipstick look unflattering in contrast to your gums?

Dealing with Excessive Gingival Display in Lake Forest

All of these problems are similar to the smile imperfections about 7 percent of men and 14 percent of women face every day, called excessive gingival display. Often referred to as a gummy smile, excessive gingival display involves gum tissue dominating a smile. Gummy smiles may look juvenile with teeth that appear too small, or create an uneven or misshapen look to teeth.

Causes of Gummy Smiles

Gummy smiles are the result of several different factors. Sometimes genetics play a role in how much gum tissue shows in your smile. Here are some other reasons for excessive gum tissue display:

  • Altered passive eruption: excessive gum tissue covers the upper teeth and jawbone
  • Altered active eruption: excessive gum tissue and bone covers the upper teeth
  • Super eruption of upper teeth: often caused by bruxism, super eruption is the body’s natural response to loss of tooth length due to teeth grinding
  • Short upper lip: the lip line does not fall low enough to cover the gum line completely when smiling

Gum Recontouring in Chicago

All of these reasons for a gummy smile can be combated with gum recontouring. Our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest recommends gum recontouring, or gum lifts, to decrease excessive gingival display and lengthen teeth crowns. Gum lifts can alter the gum line to help teeth appear better proportioned, more even and symmetrical.

Lake Forest Cosmetic Dentist Offers Gum Lifts

To learn more about how gum lifts can improve your smile beyond your expectations, contact our Chicago cosmetic dentist, Dr. Fondriest. Call our Chicago dentist office at (847) 234-0517 to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Fondriest. We serve patients from Lake Forest, North Shore, and the surrounding Chicago communities.

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