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3 Causes of a Gummy Smile

Posted on 3/20/2023 by Evan
3 Causes of a Gummy SmileDo you notice more of your gums when you smile? If so, you may have a gummy smile. Also known as an excessive gingival display. A gummy smile can affect how you feel about your appearance. Today, everyone desires a beautiful smile. The good thing is that dental clinics are offering treatment options for a gummy smile. Before a dentist determines the best treatment option, they must find the underlying causes of a gummy smile. The common causes include the below.

Too Much Gum Tissue

The leading cause of excessive gingival display is too much gum tissue. This mostly happens during the eruption of permanent teeth where overgrowth of gum tissues covers large spaces of your teeth. It can also occur due to poor oral hygiene. Lack of proper brushing and flossing can lead to plaque buildup. Over time, the harmful substance can find its way under the gums, making them inflamed and look bigger than usual.


Heredity issues can also cause a gummy smile. Maybe your upper jaw does not align with the lower jaw, or your teeth are small. The upper lip is short can also result in a gummy smile. Whatever the cause, there is always a way to make the smile less gummy. For instance, veneers and crowns can help to fix too-short teeth. In addition, surgery can help to trim some of the gum tissues to make you look more natural.


Certain medications can also lead to the overgrowth of gum tissues. They also contribute to a dry mouth, resulting in plaque buildup. Plaque contributes to gum disease, which causes swelling and inflammation of the gums. If left untreated, a gummy smile can increase the risk of bacteria building up along the gum line, increasing the risk of gum disease. Do you want to transform your smile by reducing its gummy appearance? Contact us, and we will explain various treatment options for a gummy smile.

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