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.


If you have a gummy smile it could be for one reason or a combination of reasons. It’s very important that you have an accurate diagnosis from a qualified specialist so that you can be sure you receive the right treatment or treatments.
We remove a sliver of gum tissue from a place in your mouth where it won’t be noticed and attach this to gum that has receded. As it heals it covers the exposed root, providing protection for any exposed nerves as it transforms your appearance.
It’s vital that you practice good oral hygiene – our dental hygienist will show you how best to brush and floss. You should also visit us regularly for inspections and to have your teeth professionally cleaned.

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.


We are trained specialists and are happy to discuss your options, cost and the results you can look forward to.

Call 02 9358 3558