How To Fix A Gummy Smile Without Having Surgery?

The upper lip should rest at or slightly above the top of the teeth in a perfect smile. In general, a maximum smile is appropriate with 1 to 2 millimeters of gum exposure. However, some people’s upper lip and upper teeth are separated by a wide gap when they smile, revealing a lot of gum tissue and giving off the dreaded “gummy” smile.

Everyone strongly desires to have the perfect smile. This dream frequently seems to be disturbed by a gummy smile. You can have gum tissues that protrude. When you use social media, it appears very disturbing. You’ll feel like getting treatment quickly and sooner.

Fortunately, Triton Dental can help you with gummy smile correction. You don’t really need to deal with it every day of your life. With an ideal smile, you can achieve the level of beauty you have always desired!

What causes a gummy smile

There can be several factors that can cause a gummy smile including a hyperactive muscle that lifts the top lip excessively, a thin upper lip that rolls under while smiling, excessive gum coverage of the upper teeth, and a lengthy upper jaw. 

The cause of the gummy smile problem can be determined by carefully examining the smile both when the person is not smiling and when they are smiling.

A hyperactive muscle: The quadratus labii, also referred to as the levator labii superioris muscle, helps to move the top lip and mouth during facial expression. In some patients, it lifts the lip excessively making the gums more visible.

Excessive gum coverage: The term “gingiva” refers to a gum overgrowth condition. People with this condition have too much gum tissue, as opposed to individuals who have normal gum coverage. Unfavorable gum tissue, upper jawbone, and tooth alignment all contribute to an unattractive smile line. Too much gum tissue sticking out over the teeth makes them appear smaller than they are.

Lip length: Both in static and dynamic settings, the upper lip should be examined to look for the overt gingival appearance. To pinpoint the cause of the gummy smile, one should measure the length and mobility of the upper lip. 

The top lip is 20 to 22 mm long on average. Patients who have measurements below this line can be diagnosed as having a small lip and they may also have lip incompetence (inability to fully close your lips when at rest) and a gummy smile.

Poor dental hygiene: Bacteria are normally kept in check by the body’s natural defenses and proper oral hygiene practices like daily brushing and flossing. But without good dental hygiene, bacteria may build up to the point where they cause oral infections including tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque can penetrate the gums and cause them to swell and become inflammatory when it accumulates on your teeth.

What are the treatments for a gummy smile?

You will need to go through a number of oral exams to start a particular course of treatment because the cause of the gummy smile could be diverse. You can visit your dentist and ask them for the best course of action for your gummy smile correction. You can consult with our dentists who can determine the most effective dental surgery or technique.

The exact cause of a gummy grin should be addressed during treatment. A dentist, oral surgeon, and/or facial plastic surgeon may all be needed to treat this. In some cases, surgery can be necessary. In this procedure, the jaw bone is sliced in order to shorten it and hide more of the gum tissue. Here are some common procedures dentists perform to fix a gummy smile.

Scaling & Root Planning

Scaling and root planing is the procedure to treat gum infection and irritation. It entails your dental staff performing a thorough professional cleaning that can reach deep into the gum pockets at the base of your teeth, then smoothing out tooth roots to promote gum reattachment.

After the bacteria are eliminated, your problem can be treated, the inflammation will go down, and your smile won’t look as gummy.


If a jaw problem or an incorrect bite is the root of your gummy smile, orthodontic treatment may be a good solution. It can address the visual problem of a gummy grin as well as any pain or discomfort brought on by these underlying problems by treating them simultaneously.

A bad bite can be adjusted to its proper position and the amount of gum tissue can be reduced with the help of Invisalign treatment as well.

Crowns or Veneers

If there aren’t any significant underlying problems that are causing your gummy smile, veneers or crowns are a good remedy. A laser gum contouring or gingivectomy technique may be combined with veneers or crowns for fast gummy smile correction.

If there is an underlying disease causing your gummy smile, getting a veneer or crown placed on your teeth is just an aesthetic procedure and won’t relieve any pain or suffering.

Lip Repositioning

The surgical method of lip repositioning is recommended as a conservative permanent treatment for gummy smiles that involves a less invasive approach than orthognathic surgery. Its goal is to reduce the depth of the upper vestibule in order to prevent the traction of the muscles used for smiling.


What you can do?

Overgrown gums may not always be harmful to your oral health. If you have a little amount of excess gum tissue due to heredity, the sole drawback may be how it appears when you smile. Through a process known as gum recontouring, your cosmetic dentist can improve the proportions of your smile. To remove the excess tissue and expose more of the underlying dental structure, a soft tissue laser is used in this procedure.

You can talk to our dentists who will try to identify the root of the issue if your enlarged gums are distorting your oral health before recommending a treatment. To restore your smile, you could also require some restorative procedures.

Even while it may only be an aesthetic issue, a gummy smile can occasionally have negative health effects. You can make a decision regarding this by talking to one of our dentists at Triton Dental.

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