I have a gummy smile. Can I treat it without surgery? (Photo)
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Plenty of Nonsurgical Options
Veneers and no surgery
and with a gingivoplasty,you will love your smile. shape, size and color.
great results without no surgery.
Gummy Smile solutions
1- the lip is too mobile--if this is the case the best option is botox injections
2- there is too much gum tissue over the enamel--the best option here is laser reshaping
3-there is too much upper jaw bone--this is remedied with moving the teeth or surgical correction options
4-there is too little tooth structure or darker tooth color that gets washed out by the pink tissue--this is where building and reshaping the teeth with composite or porcelain veneers are appropriate
See an experienced cosmetic dentist and they can help direct you
Realize also that some gum tissue showing can be part of a great smile as well--it is up to your personal goals.
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Ira L Shapira DDS, D,ABDSM, D,AAPM, FICCMO
Chair, Alliance of TMD Organizations
Diplomat, American Academy of Pain Management
Diplomat, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine
Regent & Fellow, International College of CranioMandibular Orthopedics
Board Eligible, American Academy of CranioFacial Pain
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