Are you self-conscious about your smile? Do your gums overshadow your face? Are you interested in a professional smile makeover in Brisbane?
If you find yourself shying away from the camera or covering your mouth to avoid excessive gum display, you are certainly not alone. In fact, gummy smiles are more common than you think, but this doesn’t mean you have to put up with it for any longer. With Skye Dental’s professional smile makeover in Brisbane, your smile will quickly become your biggest asset!
Excessive gum exposure is caused by various factors, with the most common reasons including:
Gums that failed to recede following the emergence of adult teeth
During the process of eruption, whereby your baby teeth are replaced by permanent (adult teeth), the gum tissue should recede, showing roughly 1 centimetre of your gums when you smile. However, in some instances the gum tissue doesn’t recede, resulting in the teeth not erupting as far as they should.
Teeth that didn’t erupt out of the bone
During growth, occasionally the teeth don’t grow out entirely, resulting in a portion of the tooth remaining trapped in the bone.
Teeth Grinding & Clenching
Teeth grinding and clenching causes your teeth to wear down, which is in fact a genetic habit. The wear on your teeth causes your teeth to shorten. In an attempt to correct the issue, your body responds by erupting, which is similar to the teeth growing process you experience as a child. Your jaw adapts by moving the gums downwards, which creates a gummy smile.
Your lips frame your smile and if you have a short/thin upper lip, unfortunately the elevated lip will not cover your gums properly when you smile. Secondly, if your lips move too far up or too far down when you smile, making your gum appear out of place and disproportionately bigger to your teeth, you might have a condition known as hypermobility, whereby you have hyperactive muscles.
When your top row of teeth extrude and come down too far, it’s likely to create an overbite. As a result, your gums appear more prominent and will give you a gummy smile.
Overbites are more than just a cosmetic concern as they can deteriorate your teeth and wear down the enamel. If left untreated, it can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which is a condition caused by overuse in the joints in your jaw.
There are a range of quality smile makeovers in Brisbane that Skye Dental has on offer to treat your gummy smile. If you are concerned about the state of your smile, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our team.
Treatment options include:
Don’t be scared by the title. Braces and orthodontics are among the most commonly needed and used dental accessories At Skye Dental, a dentist will work with you to align your teeth to improve the appearance of your teeth or to realign your teeth to improve oral health and functionality. Once completed, you then have the option of crowns, bridges, porcelain and composite dental veneers to create your perfect smile. Braces and orthodontic treatment can assist with:
- Teeth and/or jaw irregularities
- Impacted or missing teeth
- Improving functionality and speech
- Correcting the bite
- Correcting teeth positioning
- Improving your smile
Lip fillers are a quick and effective solution for enhancing your lips to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. With a plump and fuller lip, it will drastically minimise the exposed gum.
At Skye Dental, we provide supreme quality dermal filler treatments. Check out our dermal fillers page for more information.
Tooth Grinding Mouthguards or Splits
Dental mouthguards and splints are gold standard in the industry to treat symptoms of teeth clenching and grinding (also known as Bruxism). It can help prevent future damage to the teeth, as well as adverse side effects such as a gummy smile.
If a gummy smile impacts your confidence, health or lifestyle, be sure to take advantage of Skye Dental’s quality smile makeovers in Brisbane. We have included a list of possible treatments, however the optimal treatment for you depends on your needs, medical history and severity. Come see the Cosmetic Dentists at Skye Dental to discuss what an affordable smile makeover in Brisbane can do for you! Simply fill out our online enquiry form or call us on 07 3823 1896. Your new smile awaits!