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Ways to Make Your Smile Less Gummy

Brunette woman with a gummy smile

Are you self-conscious about how your gums look when you smile? Do they seem too prominent? Here are some cosmetic dental treatments that can make your smile appear less gummy:

Orthodontic Treatment

Sometimes a gummy smile is caused by a misaligned bite or crooked teeth. Orthodontic treatment like Invisalign® clear aligners or braces can straighten your teeth and bite and help change how much your gums show when you smile. Having a straighter smile is good for your oral health too because your teeth and gums are easier to keep clean! You will be less likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease.

Gum Contouring

If your gums are too high on your teeth, a cosmetic surgery known as gum contouring can help. Using tools like scalpels and lasers, a dentist can reshape your gums and fix uneven gum lines. You will be given a local anesthetic and dental sedation so you won’t feel pain during the procedure. Recovery can take a few weeks, during which you should use over-the-counter pain medications as directed, eat softer foods, and carefully follow our instructions regarding brushing and flossing.


Prominent gums can make your teeth look short. Dental veneers is a way to permanently change the shape and length of your teeth! These are thin custom-made shells that bond to the front of your teeth after we remove a portion of your tooth enamel. With daily oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, your veneers can last 15-20+ years before needing to be replaced.

Transform Your Smile at CarolinasDentist!

If you don’t love your smile, CarolinasDentist can help. In addition to several cosmetic services that can address a gummy smile, we also offer services to keep your smile healthy, such as routine cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, and periodontal therapy. Please contact us today with any questions about our services or to schedule an appointment at one of our many locations!

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