Why Do I Have a Gummy Smile?

When you smile, do you ever think that your teeth look short, or that too much of your gums show? If so, you may be suffering from a condition that is known as having a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile, or excessive gingival display, is a condition that causes the aesthetic appeal of your smile to decline. However, like many other dental health issues, a gummy smile is treatable. After you receive treatment, you should notice an improvement in the appearance of your smile.

Gummy Smile

There are several factors that can play a role in your smile appearing gummy. These include:

  • How much of your gum tissue displays during your smile
  • The size, shape, and positioning of your teeth
  • Your upper lip
  • The position of your upper jaw

Below, Dr. Godat lists several reasons why you may have a gummy smile:

  • If your teeth did not grow in properly, your gums may be covering them and causing them to appear much shorter than normal
  • You may have a family history of small teeth
  • Your upper lip may rise higher than normal when you smile and reveal more of your gums. This occurs as a result of an issue with your lip muscles
  • It is possible that your jaw bone developed incorrectly, and the protrusion is pushing down your gum tissue

Do you have a gummy smile? If so, make sure you stay tuned to our blog as, in our next post, Dr. Godat will discuss treatment options for a gummy smile.

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