|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
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