A gummy smile usually comes from either an overgrowth of gum tissue or that some teeth are shorter making the other teeth show more gum tissue. Either way, many people feel uncomfortable with their gummy smile.

Dr. Pickett, our cosmetic dentist in Keller, TX can augment your smile to reduce the gummy appearance when you smile and help boost that confidence. Take a look at what Dr. Pickett can do to fix your gummy smile and then visit with our very own cosmetic dentist in Keller, TX.

Gummy Smile How the Dentist Can Make Your Teeth Look Even

Gum Lift – Show More of Your Teeth

Gum disease is one of the top causes of gum overgrowth and inflammation, which can make teeth appear shorter than they are. Other causes of gum overgrowth include chronic illnesses such as diabetes and Crohn’s disease.

A gum lift exposes more of each tooth obscured by gum overgrowth, without exposing the roots of the teeth. The procedure entails lifting the gum tissue, possibly removing excess gum tissue and then recontouring the gums so that they show off more of your pearly whites. This procedure is sometimes referred to as aesthetic crown lengthening because it appears that the crowns, the visible portion of teeth, are being lengthened.

Porcelain Veneers – Lengthen Your Teeth

In many cases, some of the teeth are actually shorter, stubbier than others. Exposing more of the shorter teeth won’t change how they appear in proportion to longer teeth. So, the shorter teeth need to get a little longer and porcelain veneers can do just that.

Veneers are thin sheets of tooth-colored material, typically porcelain, that are bonded to the visible surfaces of teeth. They can hide stains on teeth, cracks, chips and they can even make teeth longer. Placing veneers is a relatively straightforward procedure that can be done in just a couple of dental appointments.

Take a minute to schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist in Keller, TX to learn more about what to expect from a gum lift or any other cosmetic dental procedure.