A gummy smile occurs when there is a large amount of gum tissue visible when you smile, which is due to the gums covering a larger portion of the teeth than normal. A gummy smile can make the teeth look short and small, which may affect the aesthetic of the smile.
What are the implications of a gummy smile?
A gummy smile is not a dental condition, as it does not cause any physical problems or symptoms, but it can affect peoples’ confidence, as they may feel conscious about the appearance of their teeth, which may make them not want to smile in public. A gummy smile makes the teeth look small, which affects the balance and overall look of the smile. With treatment, the smile can look much more attractive, which also helps to boost confidence and self-esteem.
How is a gummy smile treated?
A procedure called gum contouring, also known as gum re-shaping, can be carried out to provide a solution for a gummy smile. Gum contouring involves trimming away tiny pieces of the gum tissue to allow more of the tooth structure to become visible when you smile. This means that the teeth look longer and the smile looks more evenly balanced. Gum contouring can be performed using a scalpel or laser technology- although it may sound like a daunting procedure, it is actually very simple and safe and it takes less than an hour. If you want to find out more about treating a gummy smile in Central Leeds, contact us at City Dental Leeds.