Wilshire Smile Studio Specializes in Gummy Smile Treatment
If you are embarrassed by having a “gummy smile” you are not alone by any means. About 14% of women and 7% of men try to avoid fully smiling or laughing out loud because they feel too much of their gums would show, instead of just their beautiful teeth.
The Impact of a Gummy Smile
Lacking confidence in your smile can have real consequences. According to studies, two out of three people are more likely to remember those with attractive smiles, which could impact dating, networking, and even getting a job. Similarly, those with straight teeth, whether natural or with assistance from a dentist, make more favorable impressions.
Gums (aka gingival tissue) line your mouth and surround teeth to hold them in place. Sometimes there is an excess showing around the teeth when you smile that could be due to a variety of conditions:
- Stalled eruption when permanent teeth grew in to replace baby ones
- Excessive growth of the gums around some teeth
- Overgrowth of the upper jawbone, making a bulge that pushes the gums down
- Short or overactive upper lip muscles which lift the lips too high