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Gummy Smile

Gummy Smile Correction

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Teeth are a focal point for your smile however they are not the only part of the mouth that defines your look. A gummy smile, can be corrected to help enhance appearance and improve self- confidence. Patients with a gummy smile are unhappy with their ratio of gum tissue to upper teeth. Ideally, our smiles should consist almost entirely of teeth with the gums barely visible.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

The causes include:

  • Excess gum tissue
  • Abnormal development of the teeth
  • A short or hyperactive upper lip
  • A protruding upper jaw

What Is Lip Repositioning?

Aesthetic lip repositioning is a minor surgical procedure involves adjusting the interior of the upper lip so that it is positioned lower on the face. The lip won’t rise as much when you smile, which will give your teeth added prominence for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Benefits of Lip Repositioning

The results of aesthetic lip repositioning can be dramatic. Patients who have been unhappy with their appearance for years because of a gummy smile are often astounded by the impact a fuller, more relaxed looking lip can have.

Other advantages of the procedure include:

  • Cosmetic improvement is immediate
  • Procedure only takes approximately 90 minutes
  • Minimal pain, recovery and downtime
  • No visible scars
  • No effect on the movement of the mouth

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