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.
Excessive gingival appearance is eliminated by intruding over erupted teeth and leveling them to the proper place.
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.
Usually applied to small teeth, this procedure entails crown lengthening to move gingival levels apically. The surgeons at Vilafortuny 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.
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