- Gingival hyperplasia or hypertrophy – this is an enlargement of the gum tissue.
- A hyperactive lip muscle can raise the lip up too far, which exposes the gums.
- Maxillary excess – this is an overgrowth of the jaw that causes gums to protrude.
- A short upper lip that doesn’t cover your gums.
- Teeth that appear small compared to the gums.
- The gum tissue partially covers teeth that appear shorter than normal.
There are varying different treatment options to correct a gummy smile.
This can range from surgical gum lifts, laser gum removal, toxin and fillers and orthodontics to reposition teeth. It is always advised to attend a consultation with one of our lovely dentists so that they can determine the cause and then provide you with the correct treatment option.
The amount of gum that you see in your smile will be dictated by the following:
- The shape and size of your teeth.
- The position of your jaw.
- How your lips move when smiling.