A gummy smile is one in which too much gum tissue is visible when a person smiles. While this is highly subjective, the most appropriate amount of gum tissue to show in a full smile is about 1-2 mm. In other words, your teeth should occupy about 90% of your smile and gum tissue should only occupy about about 10% of your smile.
Gummy smiles can be caused by several different things. The most common cause is simply excess gum tissue around the necks of the teeth in either children or adults. This is easy to resolve by removing the excess tissue with a soft tissue laser. Another cause is vertical overgrowth of the upper jaw. This can either be treated by intruding the entire upper arch with TADs, or by moving the upper jaw surgically. Finally, a gummy smile can be the result of long-term wear of the upper teeth, such that the teeth supererupt bringing the gum tissue with them. This can be effectively corrected with braces and TADs.
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