A beautiful, moviestar smile reveals minimal gum tissues and features a smile line with balanced contours that are in harmony with the upper lip. Some patients that come to Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry have a gummy smile that takes away from their self confidence and prevents them from enjoying the moviestar smile they deserve.

The gummy smile scale is used to classify gummy smiles. It measures the amount of gum tissue that is displayed as a percentage of tooth height. This means, that gummy smiles are classified based on the amount of gum tissue that is revealed in relation to how much tooth structure is shown when a patient smiles. Gummy smiles can be classified as mild, moderate, advanced, or severe. Let’s take a closer look at what these classifications mean.

  • Mild gummy smile: If the amount of gum tissue that is revealed when a patient smiles is less than 25% of the length of their teeth, they have a mild gummy smile.
  • Moderate gummy smile: A moderate gummy smile exists when the amount of gum tissue that is revealed when smiling is between 25% and 50% of the length of the teeth.
  • Advanced gummy smile: When the amount of gum tissue that is revealed when smiling is between 50% and 100% the length of the teeth, a patient has an advanced gummy smile.
  • Severe gummy smile: If the amount of gum tissue that is revealed when a patient smiles is greater than 100% the length of the teeth, their gummy smile is considered severe.

While some patients are bothered by the amount of gum tissue that shows above their front teeth when they smile, others are concerned about the excessive gum tissue on their side teeth. Regardless of what type of gummy smile a patient has, there are treatments that can help improve their smile and restore their confidence.

In most cases, gummy smiles are caused by excessive gum tissue, small teeth, and short lip. If you are living with a gummy smile, know that there are ways you can get rid of it. Believe it or not, you don’t need surgery to improve your smile.

A gingivectomy, which is a dental procedure in which a dentist or oral surgeon cuts away part of the gums in mouth used to be the only way to remove excess gum tissue and help patients with gummy smiles. Thanks to recent advances in technology, you may be able to correct your smile with a same day laser treatment or braces that can move your teeth into better positions.

Botox may also be an option as minimizes the high pulling effect and allows the upper lip to rest better over the gum tissue. Since every patient is different, our dentists will evaluate your specific gummy smile and design an individualized treatment plan for your particular goals. We will also be more than willing to discuss a referral to a specialist if that will improve the look of your smile. While we can provide many services for our clients, we understand that specialists are important to overall oral health and the happiness of a patient.

Contact Costa Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can correct your gummy smile without surgery, call 703-439-1214 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you restore your confidence!