When you smile do you notice a lot of gum showing? You might have what dentists call a ‘gummy smile’. For some people a ‘gummy smile’ can bother their appearance. Gummy smiles can be due to short upper lip, hyperactive lip, short teeth or too much maxilla. Simple surgeries like a gingivectomy can reduce the amount of gums while increasing the length of the teeth to make the smile more natural. Orthodontics (braces) are also an option. Today more people are opting for botox injections to control the upper lip from smiling too much. To determine what’s best for you if you do have a ‘gummy smile’ talk to your dentist first to discuss treatment options.

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