Does your upper lip cover all of your gums? It does for most people. When most people consider the notion of enhancing their smiles, braces typically come to mind first and foremost. However, for some folks, crooked or misshapen teeth have nothing to do with hindering their smile’s full potential. Approximately seven percent of men and 14 percent of women suffer from what doctors refer to as “excessive gingival display,” more commonly called a “gummy smile.” Can an excessively gummy smile be corrected or helped?
Procedures To Cure The Gummy Smile
Cosmetic surgery has gained considerable popularity over the years and shows no signs of slowing down. More and more dentists are beginning to offer the latest in smile restoration technology. Many celebrities are fueling this popularity. Ben Affleck, Demi Moore, and LeAnn Rimes, to name a few, have all improved their smiles considerably thanks to cosmetic surgery. Here’s a look at two unique procedures that can correct your gumline and greatly improve your smile.
A Gingivectomy, also known as a “gum lift,” is a procedure done by your dentist to reshape the gums. Common factors for excessive gingival display include gums that didn’t recede properly after your adult teeth erupted.
Often confused with a gum lift, crown lengthening works to the same end, but with a different approach. The best way to separate the two is to consider that a gum lift works to correct an overabundance of gum tissue; a crown lengthening procedure focuses on correcting the proportions of teeth that are too short.
Learn what to do when your lip doesn’t cover your gums
If you would liketo see more examples of cosmetic treatments available, contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Fondriest today. To schedule an appointment, call our dentist at 847-234-0517. We proudly serve patients from Lake Forest as well as surrounding communities.