Gummy Smile Correction in San Diego at University Dental

No matter how pristine your teeth are, a gummy smile can make expressing happiness an embarrassing endeavor. Every smile is unique and beautiful in its own way, but if you are not happy with a smile that is too gummy, the expert cosmetic dentists at University Dental Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in San Diego can help. We have experts who specialize in correcting gummy smiles with easy and efficient procedures.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

There are several different causes of a gummy smile, also known as excessive gingival display. Here are a few of the most common causes of a gummy smile:


A Gummy Smile from an Abnormal Eruption of Teeth

If you reveal an excessive amount of gum tissue primarily in the upper jaw when you smile, the cause could be an abnormal eruption of teeth. While these teeth are likely the correct and normal length, the teeth themselves are covered by an excessive amount of gum tissue.

Hyperactive Upper Lip Muscles Could Cause a Gummy Smile

The muscle in the upper lip is responsible for how much of the gum tissue is displayed when you smile. If the muscle in the upper lip is hyperactive, it can cause the upper lip to raise higher than it should under normal circumstances. If this is the case, more gum tissue is revealed when you smile.



Irregular Upper Jaw Development Can Expose Your Gum Tissue

During your development phase, any kind of irregularity with the growth of your upper jaw bone could lead to a gummy smile. One example is if you develop an excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw. This kind of development would lead to exposure of your gums when you smile.

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    Gummy Smile Treatment

    If you have a gummy smile and want treatment, visit a cosmetic dentist today. They will meet with you and determine the best option to treat a gummy smile. There are several treatment options that can be used to treat a gummy smile depending on the cause, including:

    • Maxillofacial surgery to change the position of the upper jaw bone
    • Orthodontic braces to shift the teeth into a position that will eradicate a gummy smile
    • Laser Treatment
    • Repositioning the lip through an oral surgery
    • Surgery on the gingival bone and tissue to sculpt more attractive gums
    • Teeth lengthening through crowns or caps

    Gummy Smile Treatment at University Dental in San Diego

    University Dental Family Dentistry and Orthodontics in San Diego stay on the cutting-edge of gummy smile treatments, constantly evolving to give our patients the very best treatment. If you have a gummy smile and want to change the appearance of your smile, contact us today. We will bring you in and determine the very best treatment option to give you the smile you seek. For more information, give us a call at (619) 582-4224.

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