Everyone’s teeth and smile are different. What makes each individual unique is their genetic makeup which determines their physiological appearance.

If you are ashamed because your smile doesn’t match the perfect ones that you see on television—you have no reason to feel that way. The reality is that you are just as able to have what they have through cosmetic dentistry.

At Chase Inspired Dentistry, we’re here to provide you with all the cosmetic dental treatments your smile could ever need or want. From bigger fixes to little ones, we’re prepared to help you attain the smile of your dreams. This includes treating a gummy smile—we can reshape your gums to get you a fuller, toothier smile in no time!

What Is a Gummy Smile?

It is fairly common for many patients to have too much gum tissue covering their teeth. This is what is known as a gummy smile, also commonly known as excessive gingival display.

And while a cute gummy smile can be adorable on a child just getting their teeth, it’s not necessarily something you want to have with you for the rest of your life as an adult or teenager.

Addressing a gummy smile through treatment involves a gum lift or a crown lengthening procedure. Both are designed to remove some of the gum tissue around your teeth. Following removal is reconstruction where the gum line is made higher, showing off more of your lovely teeth.

Gummy Smile Before and After

Gummy smiles are a naturally occurring problem that are affected by many things. The most common causes include the following:

  • Your Unique Tooth Structure and Movement. The size and shape of your teeth as well as the way they erupted initially may have left them covered by excessive gum tissue. This can make your teeth look smaller than natural, even if they are the proper size.
  • Overactive Lip Muscles. Sometimes an excessive gummy smile just appears that way because your upper lip is working too hard when you smile—revealing more gums when you smile than it should.

Other things can also cause your smile to appear extra gummy. Thankfully, we offer multiple treatments for all types of gummy smiles.

Gummy Smile Treatments

One of the most common gummy smile procedures is a gingivectomy—also known as gum contouring.

During this procedure, the existing gum is separated from the underlying bone of your teeth. The excess gum is trimmed away through the use of a dental laser. Then the remaining gum tissue is then resituated back onto the tooth at a higher level than it was before.

The treatment itself can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. Local anesthetic will be applied. Recovery following the treatment can take several days. It is recommended that you do not physically exert yourself and simply rest.

If you follow the instructions of your dentist following the outpatient procedure, you won’t have any adverse side effects, and you’ll be left with a smile that looks completely transformed!

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Do you want to improve your smile? Do you have a dental concern?

Our online consults haven’t stopped! We are working hard to make sure your dental needs don’t have to wait! Connect with us today and get all of your questions answered for free in three easy steps.

  • Upload a smile photo or area of concern.

  • We will create a personalized video with recommendations.

  • View your video and schedule an appointment.

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Gummy Smile Botox Treatments

If the cause of your gummy smile is a hyperactive upper lip, or if you have naturally thinner lips, you might find the solution to your gummy smile lies outside of a gum surgery. Botox has been found to be just as effective a solution to certain types of gummy smiles.

Through the careful administration of Botox, the muscles in your upper lip will be relaxed. Following treatment, when your newly relaxed lip smiles, it won’t rise up as high as it used to during your smile. Thus, your gums won’t be as exposed as they once were, leaving you with just your beautiful toothy grin.

Botox is minimally invasive and an effective alternative to gum surgery, but it is not a permanent solution. You’ll need to have multiple treatments of Botox over a period of time to continue to enjoy the effects.

Get Your Gummy Smile Fixed at Chase Inspired Dentistry Today

Contact us today to set up a consultation appointment. Whether your needs are better suited for Botox treatment or gingival surgery, our team is ready and able to help! Discover how wonderful your smile can be with Chase Inspired Dentistry treatments and care today.

Dr. Chase Larsen, DMD EAT Bio

Dr. Chase Larsen

Dr. Chase Larsen, DMD, strives to provide his patients with undetectable cosmetic and restorative dentistry using
minimally-invasive techniques. He is a graduate of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency. He loves helping patients feel confident about their smiles and teaches cosmetic dentistry to colleagues throughout the country.