Smile Brighter with a Gum Tissue Reduction
Nothing says happiness like a wide, bright smile—that is unless you’re too embarrassed to bare your teeth. Many individuals, particularly those with an excessive showing of their gum tissue—also known as gingiva—are self-conscious about showing off their pearly whites, choosing instead to smile with a closed mouth or, tragically, not smile at all.
Sometimes called a gummy smile, a smile that exposes significant gum tissue can be awkward, embarrassing, or downright undesirable. If you’re uncomfortable with your smile or want to reduce the visibility of your gums when you smile, the Spearmint Dental team can help you come to a resolution that’s right for you. Call today to schedule an appointment and let us create a plan that can address your gummy smile safely and effectively.
What Is a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile refers to any smile in which a significant amount of gum shows. While most people show a little gum when smiling or talking, those with exposed gingiva show far more than normal. There are no known complications associated with a gummy smile, and showing more gum tissue than usual does not create any additional risk for dental problems.
Many people ’don’t mind their gummy smiles, or choose to embrace it as a unique personal characteristic, but others are quite bothered by omnipresent gums. If you would prefer gum tissue reduction for a less gummy smile, there are options accessible for you. At Spearmint Dental, we can discuss the options available to you and determine the correct path to your best smile yet.
How to Treat Exposed Gum Tissue
There are two primary ways to address a gummy smile: surgery or Botox.
Gum contouring surgery is a cosmetic procedure that can be used to adjust the size and shape of the gums. In this case, gums are carefully cut away to expose more of the tooth. Your dentist will show you the amount of gum tissue to be removed before the procedure gets underway to ensure you get a smile you’ll love for a lifetime.
The Benefits of Botox
For those unsure about surgery, Botox can be an excellent solution that is both affordable and easy to maintain. Although temporary, Botox injections can offer changes to your smile that you’ll love. With two small injections on the side of the face, it’s possible to see visible changes in 1 to 2 weeks and to correct your gums without surgical interference. Results are present for 3 to 4 months; patients often require 3 to 4 sessions a year to maintain a gum-free smile.