Smile Treatment

Internal specialists at cutting-edge clinic describe the causes and cures for a gummy smile.

How much gum is too much when smiling? Let’s start with the fundamentals. Dr. Kokich Jr. recently polled groups of orthodontists, general practitioners, and laypeople to find out what they considered the ideal gingiva levels for smiling. Orthodontists firmly stated that 2mm was the appropriate amount of gum showing when a person smiled, while general practitioners stood at a tolerant 4mm. The group of laypeople set their acceptable threshold at 3mm.

Which gingival level listed above should someone seek treatment for a gummy smile?

A short upper lip, a hypermobile lip, a vertical maxillary excess (VME), an anterior over-eruption, wear and compensating eruptions, an altered active eruption, and an altered passive eruption are all potential causes of a gummy grin.

The following methods are used by Dr. Trelles and her staff of specialists at Vilafortuny Dubai to treat a gummy smile:


Excessive gingival appearance is eliminated by intruding over erupted teeth and leveling them to the proper place.

Repositioning of the lips

The muscles that raise the lip are adjusted during this treatment, preventing the lip from rising as high when smiling. Here, a diagnosis of an irreversible solution is essential for a successful result.

Operating on gums

Usually applied to small teeth, this procedure entails crown lengthening to move gingival levels apically. The surgeons at Vilafortuny Dubai can execute a few non-traditional operations to treat challenging conditions when conventional treatments are unsuccessful.

For patients considering treatment, the optimal aim is to get gingival levels under 3 mm. Before treating the condition, it’s crucial to identify the actual source of the gummy smile.

Enhance Your Smile: Benefits of Gummy Smile Treatment

Do you find yourself holding back your smile because of excess gum tissue? Gummy smile treatment can transform your grin, revealing a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing look.

Benefits of Gummy Smile Correction:

  • Craft a Confident Smile: Say goodbye to covering your mouth when you laugh! Gummy smile treatment creates a more balanced tooth-to-gum ratio, resulting in a wider, more visually appealing smile that boosts your confidence and self-esteem.
  • Effortless Oral Hygiene: Excess gum tissue can make thorough brushing and flossing difficult, potentially increasing the risk of gum disease. Gummy smile correction can simplify your oral hygiene routine, making it easier to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Causes of Gummy Smiles:

Several factors can contribute to a gummy smile:

  • Short Upper Lip: If your upper lip naturally doesn’t cover much of your gums when you smile, it can create the appearance of a gummy smile.
  • Overactive Upper Lip (Hyperactive Labialis Superioris Muscle): This muscle controls your upper lip movement. If it’s overly active, it can cause a gummy smile when you smile.
  • Genetics: Some people are simply predisposed to having more gum tissue due to their family history. Failure to have the gum naturaly repositioned when tooth first erupts to the mouth
  • Dental Issues: Uneven tooth eruption, excessive wear and tear on teeth, or certain medications can also contribute to a gummy smile.
  • Vertical Maxillary Excess: The maxillary bone is genetically vertically larger than the norm.

Understanding the Causes Leads to Solutions:

By pinpointing the root cause of your gummy smile, our experienced dentists at Vilafortuny Dubai can recommend the most suitable treatment plan, helping you achieve a smile you’ll love to share with the world.

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    A Guide to Gummy Smile Treatment in Dubai

    Is Gummy Smile Treatment Right for Me?

    A good candidate for gummy smile treatment typically practices excellent oral hygiene and has healthy teeth and gums. If you have short teeth healthy gums you might be a good fit. However, this treatment isn’t suitable for those with tooth decay, gum disease, and existing work done with no wishes to replace it.

    What are the treatment options for a Gummy Smile?
    • Gingivectomy: This procedure involves removing excess gum tissue with a scalpel or laser.
    • Lip Repositioning: In some cases, the cause may be a short upper lip that reveals too much gum. Surgical lip repositioning can adjust the position of your lip to create a more balanced appearance.
    • Crown Lengthening: If your teeth appear short due to excessive gum tissue, crown lengthening exposes more of the tooth crown by removing a small amount of gum tissue and bone.
    • Orthodontic Treatment: For misaligned teeth contributing to a gummy smile, braces or clear aligners can be used to adjust their position.
    • Laser Gum Contouring: This minimally invasive technique uses a laser to precisely remove gum tissue and reshape the gum line for a more even look.
    • Orthognathic surgery: This is mainly when the skeletal bone is vertically in excess and requires reduction.
    What are the benefits of Laser Gum Contouring

    Laser technology offers several advantages:

    • Minimally invasive: Laser treatment creates smaller incisions, causing less discomfort and swelling.
    • Reduced bleeding: The laser cauterizes the tissue as it cuts, minimizing bleeding.
    • Faster recovery time: With less tissue damage, recovery times are generally quicker compared to traditional methods.
    Recovery and Aftercare - What to do?

    Following your gummy smile treatment, your periodontist will provide specific aftercare instructions. These might include:

    • Avoiding brushing or flossing the treated area for a few weeks.
    • Using an alcohol-free mouthwash or saltwater rinse.
    • Sticking to prescribed pain medication and avoiding aspirin, which can cause bleeding.
    • Avoiding spicy and crunchy foods for several days to promote healing.
    • Lifting and pulling excessive the lip to monitor the progress
    Consultation and Cost?

    A consultation with a periodontist, a gum specialist, is the first step. They will assess your unique situation and recommend the most suitable treatment. The cost depends on the complexity of your case and the specific procedure needed.

    Dr. Khaled Alblooshi


    Dr. Khaled Alblooshi is a highly skilled and experienced board-certified periodontist with over 17 years of experience in periodontics, oral surgery and implantology. Prior to establishing NovaDent, he served as a senior…

    Dr. Saghi Helmi

    General dental practitioner

    Dr Saghi Helmi graduated from Amsterdam University in 1994, passionate about creating beautiful smiles and dentistry, embarked on the Digital Smile Design journey since 2018 with a Master in Digital Smile Design…

    Dr. Alain Romanos

    Periodontist & Implantologist

    Dr. Alain Romanos is an assistant professor at the postdoctoral program of Periodontology at the Lebanese university and also serve as visiting assistant professor at the university …

    Dr. Kathrin Trelles

    General dental practitioner

    Dr Kathrin Trelles, a general dental practitioner and founder of state-of-the-art dentistry, plastic and aesthetic laser surgery clinic Vilafortuny, has been practising in Dubai since 1999 …


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