You are standing with a group of your friends, when someone says, “Let’s take a selfie.”
You crowd together and someone says, “Smile.”
The rest of your friends flash their teeth without hesitation, but you … you keep your lips firmly pressed together.
Are you embarrassed that your teeth are crooked? No. Stained? Not that either.
It’s your gums. If you have what some people would consider a “gummy” smile, then you can do something about it. Our team at A Perfect Smile in Falmouth, ME, can help with a procedure called crown lengthening.
To learn more, keep reading or schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Robert Nelson. To request your appointment, start by calling (207) 536-3508.
Why You May Have A Gummy Smile
At one level, a gummy smile is in the eye of the beholder. In other words, it is up to you whether your smile reveals too much gum tissue.
In a general sense, however, a gummy smile reveals as much or more gum tissue than it does teeth. Why does this happen to some people?
In a way, it’s just a reflection of how different human bodies can be. Two people can be the same height, but one may have longer legs than the other. Some people have short and thick fingers, while other people have long and slender fingers.
And some people have more gum tissue proportionally than other people.
When that happens, it affects what is seen when you open the window to your smile. If you have a higher amount of gum tissue, your upper lip may rest higher, which reveal more of your gum tissue.
To deal with this, we can remove some of the excess tissue from your mouth. This will change where your upper lip rests so that your teeth become the stars of the show, in a manner of speaking.
At the same time, your permanent teeth may not have erupted as far as other people’s teeth. The end result may be very similar to what we described above — a smile that shows more gums than teeth.
Again, we will be reshaping your gums to reveal more of the crowns of your teeth. This is why we call this procedure crown lengthening. We aren’t actually changing the size of your teeth. Instead, we are exposing more of your teeth for other people to see.
Other Reasons To Consider Crown Lengthening?
If your gumline is uneven in some way, that too could make you feel self-conscious. This is also a time when a little gum reshaping can give you a more uniform appearance to your smile.
There are also reasons to undergo crown lengthening in preparation for restorative dentistry.
Let’s say you have a broken tooth, so you need a dental crown to restore it. Your gum tissue could interfere with how well we can perform the procedure.
In those cases, removing some of the gum tissue first will allow us to make the repairs needed to your tooth to improve your smile.
But there is another reason to consider crown lengthening, especially if you can relate to the situation we described in our introduction.
When you are happy with the appearance of your smile, you are less likely to feel self-conscious when taking pictures with your friends. Another way to look at this is that you can feel more confident about your smile when you aren’t worried about whether you are revealing more gum tissue than you would like.
Why Come To A Perfect Smile?
Dr. Nelson and our team have been helping patients in and around Falmouth, ME, for years. At our practice, we want every patient to have the best experience possible. This is why we offer spa-like features at our dentist office.
In addition to great cosmetic care, you can receive a paraffin hand dip or a warm towel to wrap around your neck. You can even watch television during your treatment.
At A Perfect Smile, we take a holistic approach to dental care. We know that your mental and emotional health is important, just like your oral and overall health.
Make Your Appointment Today
If you aren’t happy with your smile because of too much gum or another reason, we welcome you to learn more about what we can do with our cosmetic dentistry.