Some people show a lot of gum when they smile, have very prominent gums or gums that make their teeth look too small. Others have the opposite problem – it’s common for gums to recede as we get older, exposing the root and possibly causing discomfort due to heightened sensitivity. Both can make you feel self-conscious and have a negative effect on your self-esteem. The good news is that you don’t have to put up with either problem.
If you are troubled by a ‘gummy’ smile, we can use a simple surgical procedure to reduce the amount of gum that is visible when you smile. In some cases, crowns or bridges can be used to enhance the final effect.
If your gums have receded, a gum graft may be needed to cover the tooth root. This will help to minimise sensitivity as it gives you a much more attractive smile.
You should avoid chewing on very hard foods and ice, biting your nails and using your veneered teeth to do anything which involves a twisting or bending motion such as opening a packet or breaking thread. This could cause them to snap.