When some children smile, they may show an excessive amount of gum tissue. This is called a gummy smile and it can be treated. Gummy smiles that stem from a variety of different problems can be treated, including gum irritation and overgrowth from braces, altered passive eruption, thumb sucking or bruxism, as well as skeletal developmental problems.
Know What Causes a Gummy Smile
Before treatment, it is critical to properly evaluate the problems and get an accurate diagnosis. Some more superficial issues can be easily corrected while others such as skeletal problems can be more difficult.
Gum Irritation and Overgrowth from Braces
This is more likely to happen if the teeth appear shorter before the braces are placed on the teeth. This problem results not from the quality of the orthodontic care but is a result of the pre-treatment gum and bone thickness.
Altered Passive Eruption
The gum and bone normally recede as a part of the normal eruption of the teeth. When this normal recession does not occur, the gums cover too much of the teeth and make them appear shorter. The teeth are usually not shorter. They are usually of normal size but are buried under the gum and bone.
Thumb Sucking and Bruxism
If there are habits such as thumb sucking or grinding (bruxism), excessive pressures or tooth wear can alter the appearance of the teeth. The problems may be able to be corrected with orthodontics, surgical procedures or with dental restorations such as crowns or veneers.
Skeletal Developmental Problems
Skeletal developmental problems affect the growth of the jaws and the teeth. If orthodontics is instituted at 7 to 9 years of age, the growth of the jaws can often be controlled and the cosmetics can be improved.
Jamboree Dentistry Provides Gummy Smile Treatment
We provide gummy smile treatment that’s just right for your child. If we determine your child can benefit from this procedure, we’ll remove your child’s excess gummy tissue to reveal their full smile. We can provide you and your child a Medicaid pediatric dentist in Houston that makes sure your child’s teeth look their best. Contact us today for more information.