A Brief Look at Excessive Gingival Display

October 10, 2013

Excessive gingival display—or a “gummy smile,” as it is sometimes known—refers to a condition in which an excessive amount of the upper gum line is revealed when a person smiles. Although excessive gingival display does not normally cause any health-related problems, it can have a negative impact on self-esteem .

There are several treatments your orthodontist can use to treat excessive gingival display. The right one for you depends on the severity of your condition. In some cases, surgery is necessary to reduce gingival display. During this procedure, a portion of the upper jaw is removed so that the remaining jaw shifts upward. This upward shift pushes the gum line further up so that less of the gum line is exposed when you smile.

Portrait of smiling young girl

If you’re concerned about excessive gingival display when you smile, top-rated Park Avenue orthodontist Dr. David Seligman can help. Schedule a consultation at Seligman Orthodontics today to find out how we can help you feel more confident about your smile. Call (646) 719-0776.

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