A smile appeals to both the person’s aesthetics and people’s perception. People undergo treatment from a cosmetic dentist because they are unhappy with their smile.

So what is a gummy smile? Based on research,  it is when four millimeters of gum tissue shows that can make your teeth seem very small or oddly shaped) thus it appears that a disproportionate amount of gum tissue is along the teeth. The smile produced by a person with gummy smile can ultimately appear less symmetrical and less attractive due to the excessive gum tissues around the teeth.

Maybe  most of us are not aware of it but a gummy smile can make a person self-conscious,  feel embarrassed and could also impact enjoyment, comfort and well-being. It can have a negative effect on the aesthetics of our smile. The good news though is that it can be corrected through various treatment options.

Gummy Smile Treatments

Depending on the nature of the specific clinical condition, gummy smile treatment includes the following:


  • Laser Treatments for minor cases
  • Surgical lip repositioning or lip lowering which is considered as a permanent solution. It is safer, less invasive and non-costly.
  • Orthodontics braces. This procedure can move the teeth into a more suitable position,
  • Surgical sculpting creates a healthier and more attractive gum contour(s)
  • Maxillofacial surgery involves the repositioning of the bones.
  • Botox Injections can also offer a temporary solution. A trained practitioner performs the nasolabial folds or smile lines reduction, but again, these treatments would have to be repeated.
  • Crown lengthening procedure can also correct the appearance of a gummy smile. It is believed by the American Academy of Periodontology that crown lengthening procedures will have a better result especially in providing patient comfort as well as confidence when smiling eating and speaking. It also maintains the health of the gum tissues.

Need a cosmetic dentist in Newport Beach to fix your gummy smile? Call Dr. Anthony Rich  and he will give you an eye-catching smile that everyone will adore.