Publish 26 October 2021
By Kevin RR Williams
Try Not To Smile
Your smile portrays your level of self esteem. Do you try to laugh with your mouth shut? When you smile is there more gum than teeth showing? Too much gum exposure is subject to infection. Most people with this condition called “gummy smile” have large beautiful teeth hiding behind excess gums.
With bright lights and closeup cameras, many entertainers have their smiles in the spotlight. So many stars have orthodontic adjustments and gum reduction surgery. These procedures are not just for the rich and famous. Oral surgeon and orthodontists can correct the gum proportions of your smile for less money than you imagine.
Gum Reduction Options
In the past, the only option for gummy smile patients was jaw surgery to remove a wedge from the maxilla. Crown lengthening with gingivoplasty are among less invasive permanent procedures available today. Botox injections temporarily relax muscles of the upper lip to expose less upper gum.
Periodontology is a subspecialty of dentistry that focuses on gum health. This includes treating periodontal disease, inflammation, dental implants, and gummy smile. Periodontists in the dentistry profession can treat minor cases of gummy smiles with same-day laser surgery.
You do not have to bury your mouth in your hand when you smile. With all the available options, it is wise to consult with your dentist for recommendations. Together, you can come up with a solution worth smiling about.
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