A gummy smile describes excessive gum display when smiling. The teeth can also look smaller than their expected size. It is not uncommon and shouldn’t be ignored especially if it affects your self-confidence and happiness.
There are many reasons for a gummy smile but it is largely due to the way your teeth, gums and jaw have developed.
A gummy smile can be treated using a ‘gum lift’ or crown lengthening procedure. This lengthens your teeth and reduces the amount of gum on show, thereby improving your smile.
This procedure is also suitable for teeth that are extensively broken down and require more sound tooth structure above the gum line to allow for a restoration/crown to be placed.