What is a Gummy Smile and How to Correct it?

Last updated Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

What is a Gummy Smile and How to Correct it?

What Does it Mean to Have a Gummy Smile?

All smiles are radiant and we each have smile characteristics that make us unique and beautiful. Although a genuine smile is one of the most attractive features of a man or woman, some people with a gummy smile feel insecure about their natural smile.

It is normal to show some of your gums when you smile. The definition of a gummy smile is exactly what you’d think it is… a smile that shows a lot more of the gums than what would be considered normal.

So what causes a person to have a gummy smile, clinically known as an “excessive gingival display”? There are several reasons for having a smile that shows a lot of gums, including having small teeth, having gums that have overgrown the teeth, problems with mouth breathing, overactive lip muscles, or even medications. For the most part, a gummy smile is something that is completely beyond your control… and the blame rests solely on your genetics.

If this is you, you’re not alone. If you are uncomfortable or insecure with your own smile because you feel your smile shows too much of your gums, there are options.

Is a Gummy Smile Unattractive?

A healthy smile is the most attractive feature of the human face and every one is unique in their smile. Some people with a more pronounced gummy type of smile look amazing and happy to other people.

Realistically speaking, a gummy smile is more often felt to be less attractive to the person in the mirror, not others that may look at you. But if you are uncomfortable with your own smile, we can help make the changes that best increase your confidence and make you feel like a new person.

Are Gummy Smiles Normal?

Yes, in fact, there is a decent percentage of people in the US that naturally show gums while smiling. That doesn’t mean you have a flaw… it means that you are uniquely you.

Can Gummy Smiles Be Fixed?

Gummy smiles can be fixed! There are several different affordable treatment options available, both surgically and non-surgically, to help correct this problem.



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Do Kids Outgrow Gummy Smiles?

It’s possible but depends upon each individual situation. For children, their teeth and jaws are continuously growing and may continue to change up until around the age of 21 for most people. When it comes down to it, your genetic makeup really is in charge here.

How Can I Fix My Gummy Smile Without Surgery?

There are several options available to fix your gummy smile that don’t require surgery. Options include orthodontic treatment, Botox, dermal fillers, veneers and crowns, and even anti-wrinkle injections to name a few. There are also several surgical procedures that can change your smile. Your dentist can suggest the best course of treatment for correction.

Does an Overbite Cause Gummy Smile?

It is possible that an overbite can contribute to a gummy smile, as well as lips that protrude. This can be corrected, however. The exact treatment depends upon the severity and can range anywhere from minimal cosmetic injections to orthodontic treatment to jaw surgery.

Can Braces Remove a Gummy Smile?

In many situations, braces are an effective treatment for gummy smiles, especially when it is caused by bite issues. The beauty of braces is that they are an effective non-surgical option that can transform your smile from great to radiant.
Just like with any other medical situation, your dentist will examine you and do x-rays to determine the best course of action for your treatment. Don’t be shy about sharing your insecurities with your dental professionals. They can sometimes offer a treatment plan that is not nearly as complicated as you worried about!

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