A radiant smile can light up a room, build confidence, and leave a lasting impression. However, for some, the appearance of excessive gum tissue when smiling, commonly referred to as a “gummy smile,” can be a source of self-consciousness. If you’re among the many who wish for a more balanced and esthetically pleasing smile, you’re in the right place. At the office of Bob Perkins DDS, we’re equipped with the tools and expertise to help transform your gummy smile into a grin you’ll love to showcase.
Understanding a Gummy Smile
A gummy smile is characterized by an excessive display of gum tissue above the top teeth when smiling. This can be due to a variety of reasons, including genetics, a particular shape of the upper jaw, or even the way your teeth erupted and developed. The good news is that, in today’s world of advanced dentistry, a gummy smile is treatable.
Options to Address Too Much Gum Show
Our Malibu dental clinic offers several treatments options to improve your gummy smile, including the following:
- Gum Contouring/Gum Reshaping: This procedure involves removing excess gum tissue to expose more of the tooth’s crown, resulting in a more balanced gum-to-tooth ratio. With precision tools, including lasers for a minimally invasive approach, Dr. Perkins can reshape the gum line to enhance the smile’s overall appearance.
- Botox: Yes, Botox isn’t just for wrinkles! In some cases, a gummy smile is the result of hyperactive muscles around the upper lip, causing the lip to rise higher than desired when smiling. Strategic Botox injections can relax these muscles, reducing the elevation of the lip and revealing less gum.
- Orthodontic Treatment: Sometimes, the positioning of the teeth or the way the jaw has developed can result in a gummy appearance. In such cases, braces or other orthodontic solutions can help reposition the teeth and address the gummy appearance.
Schedule Your Consult with Dr. Perkins
Every smile is unique, and so are the solutions we offer. Dr. Bob Perkins takes a personalized approach, ensuring that treatments align with individual needs and desired outcomes. With an in-depth consultation, we can determine the root cause of the gummy appearance and recommend the most suitable treatment option.
Your smile is a reflection of you, and you deserve to feel proud of it. If a gummy smile has been a source of concern, know that modern dentistry offers several effective solutions. With Dr. Bob Perkins and our dedicated team by your side, you’re not just on the path to a transformed smile, but also enhanced confidence and well-being.
For more information or to book a consultation, contact our Malibu office directly. Let’s work together to unveil the smile you’ve always dreamed of.