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Gummy Smile
Surgeon: Dr.Farnoosh
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Case 50

Image 1 : A patient with a high lip line and a gummy smile.

Image 2: The patient's lip was repositioned and brought down slightly to show less gum  

Case 51
Some patients assume that just because their smile shows a large amount of gum, they need to find a surgeon to remove the "extra" gum tissue and expose more of the tooth surface. In fact, Dr. Farnoosh finds that that in most circumstances gum reduction is not necessary and actually exposes patients to an extra risk of periodontal disease. Most patients, like this young woman, find that Dr. Farnoosh can correct their "gummy smile" simply and effectively by repositioning the lower line of their lip. In this procedure Dr. Farnoosh will not actually change the length of the patient's lip. Like this patient, many patients who have a "gummy" smile actually have appropriately sized, full lips; the problem is that when they smile, the lip tissue curls under, elevating the lip too much. Through a small incision behind the bottom edge of the lip, Dr. Farnoosh can adjust how much lip tissue is still showing when you smile. After this type of procedure, your lips should appear the same when your face is at rest; the only difference is that when you smile, your lip retains its position just above the top edge of your teeth. After her procedure by Beverly Hills periodontist Dr. Alex Farnoosh, this patient's smile is much more attractive. Her gums are now hidden behind the lips, allowing a more balanced smile that harmonizes very well with the rest of her face. Before her procedure, this patient also displayed some uneven gum pigmentation, but Dr. Farnoosh found that a bleaching procedure would not be necessary because the pigmentation was very mild and would be hidden by the patient's lowered lip.   
Case 52
Even well-proportioned teeth may look overly large or small if the look of your lips or gums disrupts the balance of your smile as a whole. This patient decided to meet with Los Angeles implant dentist Dr. Alex Farnoosh to find out about ways to minimize the "gummy" look of her smile and help her present a more attractive, balanced appearance. Frequently, patients see that their smile shows too much gum, and they think they need to minimize the size of the gums to display more of the tooth. However, more often the "gummy" smile is an illusion. In most cases the patient has normal-sized teeth and healthy, appropriately-sized gums, but the upper lip simply elevates too far above the gum line when the patient smiles. Dr. Farnoosh can effectively address this problem without requiring surgery to the teeth or the gums at all. Simply by creating a small incision and lowering the bottom edge of the lip, he allows the lip to rest just above the teeth when the patient smiles. This patient was very happy with her results from Dr. Farnoosh's gummy smile treatment. After her procedure her teeth display a normal, attractive shape and her gums are mostly hidden behind her lips. The overall shape of her smile also presents a more natural-looking upward curve. In her follow-up consultation the patient also met with Dr. Farnoosh to plan a gum-leveling procedure and discuss her options for porcelain veneers (not shown).   Surgeon: Dr. Alex Farnoosh Patient Gender: Female
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Case 53
A more open smile is often more attractive, but in some cases the greater distance between the lips only exposes more of your gums and draws attention away from your teeth and the rest of your face. This patient came in for a consultation with Los Angeles implant dentist and periodontist Dr. Alex Farnoosh because although she had healthy gums and well-positioned teeth, she felt that her smile was less attractive because it exposed so much of her gums. While some dentists and dental surgeons focus on only one area of the smile as the key to correcting every patient's look, Dr. Farnoosh understands that your smile is as unique as you are. An imbalanced look can result from a whole range of factors including poor positioning of the teeth, blotchy gums, and lips that expose too much of the gum tissue when you smile. Dr. Farnoosh structures his examinations and procedure plans to create harmony through the "Total Smile" approach, which aims to balance the appearance of the teeth, gums, and lips. After her procedure, you see that this small adjustment to her gummy smile has dramatically improved her look. The patient's smile still has an open, attractive look and maintains its overall shape in relation to the rest of the face, but now that the upper lip rests at a better position above the gum line, we notice her teeth and lips rather than her gums. As a result her smile appears happier and more relaxed, and more attractive overall.   Surgeon: Dr. Alex Farnoosh
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