Gummy smile is a condition when excess amounts of gums are at display upon full smile. Individuals with “altered passive eruption” often presents with gummy smile with teeth being shorter than usual.
In addition, gummy smile can also be due to the size of the jaw bone holding the teeth, overactive lips, certain underlying health conditions, and medications that lead to excess gum growth. Depending on the cause(s), gummy smile can be treated with one or more of the following:
- esthetic crown lengthening
- lip repositioning/reverse vestibuloplasty