Do You Have a Gummy Smile? How Your Dentist Can Help


Tariq Drabu, the owner of the successful Langley Dental Practice, is a leading dentist and specialist oral surgeon. He wanted to advise patients that if they are uncomfortable with their gummy smile, there are things that can be done to assist them in improving their smile and boosting their confidence.

It’s all about perception

Tariq Drabu advised that a gummy smile is all about perception. A gummy smile is when four millimetres or more of gum is showing, the less gum, the longer the tooth looks. This can result in patients hiding their teeth when they smile by either keeping their mouth closed or covering their mouth.

Smiles are important, according to Tariq Drabu. A smile is often the first impression someone will have of you, whether you are meeting them for the first time in a social or business setting. You want to be able to smile with confidence.


Tariq Drabu advised that the focus of the dentist is to minimize the gum in order to make the smile more attrractive. The reasons you may have a gummy smile is that when you were younger and your permanent or adult teeth pushed through, they didn’t erupt property. Another reason is that when you smile you life your upper lip, it is possible your lip is lifting too much bearing too much gum.

The first option offered at Langley Dental Practice is to modify the lip lift. This can be done with Botox. Botox is injected into the area, relaxing the muscles and reducing how much the lip lifts when showing your teeth when you smile.

Another option, a more serious option, is to straighten the jaw. Some patients jaws are misaligned and as a result they show more gum.

Of course, Tariq Drabu also recommends that patients focus on good oral health hygiene at home. Gently brushing the gum line as they brush their teeth Be sure to keep an eye on your gums. He advised that when brushing, smile in the mirror and identify how much gum shows.

A smile isn’t only about the gums, the teeth are important. Eliminating smoking and coffee from your diet, along with red wine are ways to reduce stains and brushing twice daily, flossing every day and ensuring you visit the dentist regularly are ways to ensure you can smile with confidence moving forward.


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