Gummy smiles and receding gums can be corrected with the help of a qualified periodontist.

A smile is one of the first things we notice about another person, and the appearance of your smile can greatly affect how you are perceived by others. For some people, the condition of their gums prevents them from showing off their smile to others. However, a simple surgical procedure from a dental professional specially trained in the treatment of the tissues surrounding the teeth can help build confidence and allow these individuals to smile with assurance.

“Procedures like tooth whitening and bonding are usually what come to mind when thinking of cosmetic procedures for the smile. What many people do not realize is that there are also procedures which can be performed on the gums to enhance the smiles of people who feel their teeth appear too long or too short,” said Dr. Dorothy Anasinski, a local periodontist in Niles, Illinois and member of the American Academy of Periodontology.

Dr. Anasinski also went on to mention, “Quite often we will see a patient that is scared to get braces because they envision sharp metal objects and devices in their mouth. With the advancement of dental technology our patients opt for InvisAlign braces that can correct overbites, underbites, and more. This way they work towards getting the perfect smile without anyone knowing that they even have braces.”

The answer for gums that are too long, or a “gummy smile,” may be crown lengthening, which is the second most popular cosmetic periodontal procedure for patients under age 50, according to an online poll of periodontists. With crown lengthening, excess gum and bone tissue is recontoured to expose more of the natural tooth. This can be done to one tooth to even your gum line, or to several teeth to expose a natural, broad smile.

Conversely, some people feel their teeth appear too long. If your tooth root is exposed because your gums have receded, soft tissue grafts can cover exposed roots, reduce further gum recession and protect vulnerable roots from decay.

If you are interested in having the best smile you can, contact Dr. Dorothy Anasinski a trusted expert periodontist serving the greater Chicago, IL area. She can evaluate your current smile during your initial consultation and provide a range of treatments available to help achieve the look you want.