Some people smile with a little bit of their gums showing but for others, a significant amount of gums can be seen when they smile. Their teeth appear short in proportion to the rest of the gums, hence the term “gummy smile”.
Gummy smiles may arise due to a number of factors including the abnormal eruption of the teeth, excessive gum tissue, hyperactive lip muscles which causes the upper lip to rise higher than normal when smiling, prominent upper jaw, prominent position of upper front teeth, or severely worn teeth, resulting in the teeth looking shorter relative to the gums.
A gummy smile bears no significant negative functional impact, but if it does bother you from an aesthetic point of view, our dental specialists will be happy to customize a solution that will help you get a toothier smile. Click on the below to find out more: