What is a “Gummy Smile”?
Often times, teeth are small because of extreme wear from grinding or combination of grinding and acid erosion. If the teeth have worn away severely i.e. 20% or more of the original volume, then the only solution is rebuilding them with porcelain reconstruction. However, there are times that teeth are just hiding underneath the gums and all one needs to do is lift the curtain up with a cosmetic laser gum lift. Another situation that might give the illusion of small teeth is limited upper lip movement when smiling. If the upper lip does not move, the solution might be plastic surgery and or lengthening of teeth with porcelain veneers.
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