A beautiful smile does more than make a great first impression. Bright and healthy teeth can boost your confidence. In fact, according to a recent Kelton Research poll, people with gorgeous smiles are considered both more attractive and more successful. Many people feel self-conscious about their smiles due to dental imperfections. Excessive gingival display, or “gummy smiles” occur when a patient shows too much gum when they smile. Thankfully, this issue can be corrected. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, explain how our innovative cosmetic procedures can help address excessive gingival display and give patients stunning, confident smiles.


Causes of a “Gummy Smile”

When patients have a disproportionate ratio of gums to teeth, their teeth may appear small or misshapen. What causes a patient to develop a gummy smile? A variety of factors can lead to this issue, including:

·      Hyperplasia, or gum overgrowth, due to certain medications such as Dilantin or cyclosporine.

·      Hereditary issues

·      Swelling following orthodontic treatment

·      Swelling related to gum disease or poor oral hygiene

·      Hyperactive upper lip muscle

If you’re gummy smile is related to gum disease, maintaining proper oral hygiene may help reduce the swelling. Always brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once. Rinse your mouth regularly with an antibacterial mouthwash. Every six months, undergo a routine dental cleaning to remove plaque from your teeth. These simple steps help cleanse your smile of harmful bacteria and food particles, helping you avoid gum disease and the unsightly swelling that often results.

Improving Your Smile

Using the latest in dental laser technology, your Livingston cosmetic dentists can perform a cosmetic gum lift. With a gum lift procedure, Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom can safely remove excessive gum tissue comfortably, restoring your smile.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston Cosmetic Dentists

Interested in improving your smile by removing excessive gum tissue? Then contact your Livingston cosmetic dentists today. With our cosmetic procedures, Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom can address your gingival display issues and improve your smile. In addition, we offer the latest in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to transform smiles. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.