Treatment for a "Gummy" Smile
Esthetic Crown Lengthening
One of the most common reasons people have a gummy smile is due to a diagnosis called "altered passive eruption". With altered passive eruption, patients have normal tooth length but they are covered by the gums. Once the gums are re-contoured, the patient will show more teeth and less gums when they smile. Esthetic crown lengthening is a permanent solution to fix a gummy smile with minimal pain. As shown in the before and after pictures, the gum is re-contoured in order to provide a more esthetic smile.
Maxillary Lip Repositioning
Sometimes people have a gummy smile due to a hyperactive upper lip. If this is the case, a procedure called maxillary lip repositioning can be done to correct the issue. It is a minimally invasive procedure that provides a great esthetic outcome.