Everyone wants a beautiful smile. With cosmetic dentistry, there are ways for patients in the South Jordan and Draper, Utah area to achieve the results they desire. But what about a gummy smile? Patients who have a gummy smile may feel highly uneasy or even embarrassed at how their smile looks. With the help of our team at Chase Inspired Dentistry, patients can educate themselves on the treatment options available for a gummy smile, including Botox injections and gingivectomy surgery. Let’s look at what causes a gummy smile and the treatment solutions used by our experienced team.

What is a “Gummy Smile?”

Dr. Chase Larsen of Chase Inspired Dentistry describes a gummy smile as when a patient’s upper gums are excessively visible when they smile. This can cause many patients to feel self-conscious and may affect their confidence. In fact, some patients bring it to the attention of our team and ask about cosmetic dental treatments that can help alleviate the severity of it.

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What Causes a Gummy Smile to Occur?

There are several factors that contribute to a gummy smile, including the size and shape of your teeth, the relationship between your upper lip and gum line, and the amount of gum tissue covering your teeth. In some cases, it may also be due to developmental issues such as an overgrowth of the upper jaw or a short upper lip.

How is a Gummy Smile Diagnosed?

The best way to determine if you have a gummy smile is through a thorough examination by your dentist at Chase Inspired Dentistry. Dr. Larsen will evaluate your teeth, gums, and overall oral health to pinpoint the cause and then discuss gummy smile treatment options with you.

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What Can be Done About a Gummy Smile?

For many of our patients, an injection of Botox can address a gummy smile and make it far less noticeable. It works because Botox temporarily freezes the muscles that control your upper lip, reducing how much of it is exposed when you smile. This simple and quick procedure can be done in just a few minutes, and the results typically last several months.

In more severe cases of a gummy smile, Dr. Larsen may recommend crown lengthening or gum contouring to reshape your gums and make them less prominent. 

How Do I Learn More About Treatment for a Gummy Smile with a Dentist Near Me?

South Jordan and Draper, UT area patients who need treatment for a gummy smile and want to learn more about their options are encouraged to take the time to talk to our team at Chase Inspired Dentistry to discuss the benefits of Botox or gingivectomy surgery. The office is located at 723 East 12200 S, Suite #101, and is open to new and returning patients who call for a consultation at (801) 683-5239.

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.