gummy smile

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What is a gummy smile? 
You have a gummy smile if during speaking or smiling, a lot of your gums are visible over the upper front teeth. 
Why do I have a gummy smile? 
Gummy smile can be related to how your upper lip, the upper jaw bone or the gums of your upper front teeth have formed or how they behave. It requires an evaluation of multiple factors to assess the cause. 
There are two main surgical ways to treat a gummy smile. In the first, the upper lip is repositioned to cover the gums, so that when you smile or speak they are less visible. In the second, the gums from the upper front teeth are cut back to expose more teeth when you speak or smile. Both are simple chairside procedures done under local anesthesia. Minor buildups of the teeth are sometimes required alongwith. 
What is the solution? 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

  1. What are the complications associated with the surgical procedures to treat gummy smile? - Both the surgical procedures mentioned are simple chairside treatments done by numbing the area of the lips and gums. There might be some swelling and discomfort in the area for 2-3 days. Lip repositioning can cause stifness of the upper lip for some time, but it usually returns to normal in about a month's time. The gums also sometimes tend to grow back after being cut, which may necessitate a repeat procedure. 
  2. Is there a non-surgical method to treat gummy smiles? - Botox injections and fillers have been used for correction of gummy smile. Botox injection causes the lip to drop down and cover the gums. The effect is however temporary and does not last more than an year. 
  3. Can the colour of my gums be improved upon too? - Like your skin, melanin deposits on the gums also to give them a dark colour. "Gingival depigmentation" is done to remove the dark colour of the gums and expose the red gums. This is best done using lasers.