Why Are My Gums So Long?

gummy smile sterling va dentistSome people are embarrassed about how much of their gums are visible when they smile. This condition, clinically called excessive gingival display, is treatable with modern dental techniques. While a longer gum line doesn’t mean your smile is unhealthy, some patients may feel uncomfortable with this aspect of their mouth. Ridgetop Dental’s team of cosmetic dentists can help fix a gummy smile to make you feel more comfortable with your smile.

Longer Gum Line or Gummy Smile Causes

There are several reasons why you may have a gummy smile:

  • Incorrect jaw bone alignment: The jaw bone may extend further than it should, causing the gums to look longer.
  • Upper lip muscles: You may have overactive upper lip muscles that pull your lip up too high when smiling, showing more of your gums underneath.
  • Abnormal tooth development: Teeth may not extend far enough beyond the gum line but are actually the normal length.
  • Worn Teeth: Your teeth may have worn down to appear shorter, altering the ratio of gum length to tooth length.
  • Genetics: Some people are born with more of their gums showing.

How to Treat A Gummy Smile

Since there are many reasons why someone may have a gummy smile, there are different treatments available for gummy smile treatment:

  • Crown Lengthening: This procedure requires the removal of gum tissue and bone to allow the gums to retract to the appropriate position and reveal more of the tooth structure. This treatment may be performed when the teeth are not fully erupted.
  • Laser Gum Contouring: This procedure can effectively remove excess gum tissues using dental lasers. Patients can achieve their ideal smile with minimal bleeding, faster healing, and natural looking results.
  • Gum Lift: A gum lift, clinically called a gingivectomy, is a common cosmetic procedure used to reduce excess gum tissue. In this procedure, we use advanced dental lasers to gently remove excess gum tissue and reshape the gum line to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.

Sterling, VA Cosmetic Dentistry

The right treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis based on an individual evaluation of your smile. Schedule your appointment online or call our office at (703) 520-7410 to start restoring balance to your smile.

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