Although your smile is made up of many elements, there’s no doubt that your teeth should be the stars. However, if your gums are upstaging them, giving you a gummy smile, there are many possible treatments that can help you to get the tall, beautiful, toothiful smile you desire, depending on the cause of your gummy smile.

If your gummy smile is due to inflammation of the gums as a result of gum disease, the best treatment it to improve your oral hygiene routine, especially making sure you are making your regular dental visits every six months. Note that this type of gummy smile may seem to resolve on its own as your gums recede, but that’s not the kind of resolution you want–it’s a step on the way to actually losing your teeth!

If your gummy smile is due to enlarged or naturally overgrown gums, we can help take care of that with gum recontouring. At Desert Smiles we use a diode laser to reshape your gums, giving them a proper proportion and shape quickly and with little discomfort.

If your gummy smile is due to teeth that are worn or naturally short, then your smile can be improved using porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers can be made to add length to your teeth, putting them in proper proportion with your gums. At the same time, your veneers will cover tooth discolorations, stress cracks, gaps, and other aesthetic problems, making them the best solution if you are looking for a smile makeover.

To learn more about solutions for your gummy smile, please contact Desert Smiles in Glendale, Arizona for a consultation with cosmetic dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox.

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