Sometimes it's not our teeth but our gums that cause us to be unhappy with our smile. Often described as a "gummy smile", it's common to have more of your gums show than your teeth when you smile. Some people describe the condition as having "short" teeth, although usually your teeth aren't short but are covered by excess gum tissue.
There are other causes of gummy smiles, including worn-down teeth and some genetic conditions, so the first thing we'll do is establish the cause of your gummy smile. For gummy smiles caused by excess gum tissue, we offer a technique called Gum Contouring.
Gum Contouring involves removing excess gum tissue and reshaping your gums. Our Principal Dentist, Nick Tomes, has completed a microgingival surgical course and is highly experienced in carrying out this treatment, which only requires a local anaesthetic and in most cases can be completed in one visit. His microgingival surgical experience also means he can help treat patients whose gums are receding, using a range of microgingival surgical techniques.
Sometimes excess bone also needs to be removed alongside excess gum tissue, a procedure known as crown lengthening. This can be performed on one tooth or several teeth, and is sometimes recommended before further restorative treatment, such as having Crowns fitted.
If your teeth are very worn down, as happens with age and can be worsened by conditions such as bruxism (grinding your teeth at night) you may be suitable for reconstructive treatments to match the length of your teeth and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Using tooth-coloured composite material, Nick will reshape your teeth to restore length and ensure all your teeth are even.
To discuss how we can help you be happier with your smile, contact our Treatment Co-ordinator for a free, no-obligation consultation.