Can a Gummy Smile Be Made More Aesthetic?
A gummy smile exposes too much gum tissue above the maxillary anterior (upper front) teeth when you smile. The distance of the gums between the bottom edge of your upper lip and the upper part of the tooth which comes through the gums is the crucial part. It is said that 2-3 millimeters (or no more than 3/8 “) is the maximum amount of gum tissue which should show to avoid the gummy smile effect. A gummy smile, not only brings notice to excess gums, but accentuates crooked or asymmetrical teeth, and also brings attention to discolored or decayed teeth. Poor fillings as well as chipped and stained teeth may be noticed more, or even periodontal problems, but the most significant appearance is too much gum tissue!