smiles image periodontist mississaugaIf you have a “gummy” smile, you are not alone. Some of the most beautiful people in Hollywood today have “gummy” smiles – Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Garner and Nicole Kidman come to mind.

However, unlike the celebrities we love to gossip about, most of us with a more “gummy” appearance, avoid those big open-mouthed smiles most of the time… and that is a shame. Every single person should be able to smile without fear of judgment or ridicule. However, in a world that recognizes and rewards beauty, that isn’t always the case.

Periodontal Associates Has the Answer for Gummy Smiles

Experts say that the “optimal” smile shows the least amount of gum tissue possible with the upper lip sitting at the top of the tooth or just slightly below or above. That doesn’t mean “gummy” smiles that don’t follow this formula, aren’t beautiful, they are just different.

Generally, there are some common reasons why you might see more of your gums than you would prefer. The experts at Periodontal Associates will look at a variety of factors to deter-mine what can be done to help you achieve a smile that shows off more of your beautiful teeth and less of your gums.
• The shape and size of your lips
• Your facial muscles
• The shape and size of your teeth
• Your gum tissue

Beyond simple aesthetics, in some cases, a “gummy” smile can be indicative of a larger prob-lem and that alone is worth a visit to a periodontal specialist for further discovery.

Crown Lengthening Might Be the Answer For Your Smile

Although your teeth appear short, they may actually be the proper length and simply covered with too much gum tissue. During your consultation at the Mississauga offices of Periodontal Associates, your periodontist will talk with you about the two most common procedures for helping you correct your smile.

Crown Lengthening:

During this procedure, excess gum and bone tissue are reshaped to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to more than one tooth, to even out your gum line, creating a smile that you’ll want to show off.

Gum Contouring:

Typically a more simple technique that might be right if you do not re-quire any bone sculpting to change the appearance of your teeth. In this simple proce-dure, your periodontist will reshape the gum line to expose more of the tooth and even out the gum line without touching the bone itself.

Addressing a “gummy” smile is a relatively common concern and one that can be addressed quickly and with minimal recovery time. It is important to remember that like all smiles, all dental results are unique depending upon your mouth structure and genetics.

Book an appointment with the team at Periodontal Associates in Mississauga want to talk with you and help identify the source of your issue. We are here to support and care for your complete oral health!

We’d love to help you address your smile concerns. Call us 1-800-341-7471 or connect via email at mail@paperio.ca. Until then… keep smiling!

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