Do you have a Gummy Smile?
When you smile, does your gum line show more than you would like? A “gummy smile” is defined by an excessive display of gingival tissue when one smiles. Smiling naturally causes a rise in one’s upper lip, and based on different factors, this may result in your gum line being more exposed than you would prefer.
Causes of a Gummy SmileThere are several causes of a gummy smile. Here are the most common:
- The upper jaw bone can be more developed than the lower jaw bone, making it appear as if the upper lip is being stretched when smiling or even talking;
- The muscles in the upper lip can be overactive, causing the muscles to pull the mouth too far back during smiling which makes your smile line too high;
- Gum tissue can fail to recede properly as the adult teeth erupt. The teeth remain covered up by too much gum tissue. Although the teeth are the correct length, they appear too short and need to be uncovered.