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March 23, 2007, Palm Beach and Broward County, Fla. – Your smile may give the impression that you have more or less gums than the average person. In reality, those with “long-tooth” or “gummy” smiles may have no more or less gum tissue than anyone else.

Healthy gums should fit snugly against your teeth, but an uneven gum line can make your teeth look too small, short, or square.

Problems related to aging and/or periodontal disease often lead to a gummy smile. These may include:

  • Small crown length
  • An uneven gum line
  • Missing teeth
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Thin gums
  • Teeth grinding
  • Darkened areas between implants, crowns, bridges or your original teeth

Fortunately, the cosmetic dentists at South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry can make those pink gums disappear and replace them with a row of pearly whites. Advances in cosmetic dentistry, can restore symmetry and proportion to your smile using a variety of techniques.

“We frequently use porcelain veneers, resin bonding and crowns to improve the proportion of gums to teeth, “said Dr. Charles Nottingham, South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry cosmetic dentist. “We work with the patient to develop an overall strategy that fits their vision and budget.”

Cosmetic gum surgery also is another option for some patients. “Gum remodeling requires removal of excess tissue to expose more of your teeth,” said Dr. Richard Morrow, South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry periodontist.

Long-tooth smiles are the opposite of gummy smiles. They are the result of gum recession that exposes more of your teeth, making them look longer than normal. Gum recession also exposes the sensitive root surface, causing pain when you imbibe hot or cold foods and drinks.

To shorten the appearance of your teeth, a cosmetic dentist will remove tissue from the roof of your mouth and grafts it to the gum line. This new tissue reinforces thin gums or fills in areas where the gum has receded.

Proper oral hygiene is a vital part of any dental-health regime. Brush, floss and rinse regularly and properly and remember to visit your dentist for follow-up care.

Call South Florida Cosmetic Dentistry today or email us to schedule an appointment and learn more about cosmetic dentistry.