Though your teeth are a focal point for your smile, they aren’t the only part of the mouth that defines your look. If you have a gummy smile, our cosmetic dentistry services in the Cochrane area can help enhance your appearance and improve your self-esteem.
If you’d like to revise your smile so less of your gums show, please call Aesthetic Dental Studio today at (587) 315-5080 to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services. Calgary dentist Dr. Gordon Chee serves patients from Cochrane and other communities throughout Alberta.
What Is a Gummy Smile?
Patients with a gummy smile are unhappy with their ratio of gum tissue to upper teeth. Ideally, our smiles should consist almost entirely of teeth with the gums barely visible.
Gummy smiles can be caused by several different factors, including:
- Excess gum tissue
- Abnormal development of the teeth
- A short or hyperactive upper lip
- A protruding upper jaw
During your consultation, Dr. Chee will examine your teeth and gums to determine the cause of your gummy smile. He can then provide recommendations for adjusting the appearance of your teeth and gums so you can enjoy the smile you want.
What Is Lip Repositioning?
Although several treatment options exist for a gummy smile, Dr. Chee has found that many patients benefit from a cosmetic procedure known as aesthetic lip repositioning.
Also called lip tacking, this minor surgical procedure involves adjusting the interior of the upper lip so that it is positioned lower on the face. The lip won’t rise as much when you smile, which will give your teeth added prominence for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
Benefits of Lip Repositioning
The results of aesthetic lip repositioning can be dramatic. Patients who have been unhappy with their appearance for years because of a gummy smile are often astounded by the impact a fuller, more relaxed looking lip can have.
Other advantages of the procedure include:
- Cosmetic improvement is immediate
- Procedure only takes approximately 90 minutes
- Minimal pain, recovery and downtime
- No visible scars
- No effect on the movement of the mouth
To learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services for fixing gummy smiles, please contact Aesthetic Dental Studio online or call (587) 315-5080 today. Our dental team is pleased to see patients in Calgary, Cochrane and other areas of Alberta.