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Laser Gum Surgery

Laser Gum Surgery is performed using the ultra-modern Gemini® Laser designed specifically to fix an overly gummy smile and prepare the tooth for the veneer (lengthens and shapes the visible tooth to expose more of the teeth)

Having the ideal smile involves several factors such as size and shape of teeth and face, color of teeth, and fullness of lips.

What Is a Gummy Smile?

An attractive smile will have fuller lips and where most, but not all of the length of the incisors show. There are also significant variations between male and female smiles. It is normally acceptable and even considered attractive on some women if they show some gum tissue. A male smile will rarely show any gums. A “gummy smile,” however, will show a significant amount of gum tissue. Gummy smiles affect about 15% of all Americans, especially women and younger people.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile can be caused by a variety of factors. Common causes include:

  • A short upper lip
  • Overbite
  • Increased height of the upper jaw (maxilla)
  • Short teeth
  • Overgrowth of gum tissue
  • Over-developed or short frenulum (band of tissue attaching lip)
  • Over-active lip musculature

Your Personalized Gummy Smile Treatment Plan

Over the years, the use of Botox or Dysport to specifically target certain lip muscles have become universally accepted to treat many forms of a gummy smile. The use of Botox or Dysport will sufficiently relax the lip to hide any visible gum tissue. Botox or Dysport, whenever injected by an experienced physician, will also achieve the appearance of plumper lips. Other causes, such as an over-developed or short frenulum will require a small surgical procedure to release this band and will lead to immediate improvement of the smile.

Laser Gum Treatment

Individuals that clearly demonstrate shorter than normal tooth length or an overgrowth of their gum tissue can benefit from this very advanced laser treatment. This laser treatment utilizes the most powerful dual wave soft-tissue laser around that will enable a quick and safe treatment.

What To Expect

Your improved smile will expose more teeth more evenly while showing less gum tissue. This change will make your teeth the center of your smile and bring more harmony to the rest of your face.

Contact our office and schedule an appointment with our doctors today

Patrick Abuzeni, MD, DDS

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