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Gum Diseases

Gums

05/30/2006

Question:

My gums show when I smile. It isn`t that they are receding. It`s that they show when I smile - between my teeth and lips. Is there anything I can do to fix this? Will braces help?

Answer:

We call this "gummy smile".  This happens due to two reasons.  If it is skeletal, meaning that your jaw bone's height is higher compared to other face bones, orthognathic surgery (surgery to reduce the bone height) is required for an ideal solution.  If this is happening due to extra soft tissue, periodontal surgery to reduce the amount of gums, and restorative and/or orthodontic treatment to play with the shape of the teeth may help.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University