Owensboro Orthodontics Office

Treating a Gummy Smile

The only way to correct a gummy smile was not so long ago through oral surgery. Thanks to advances in orthodontic technology, you can get a big, stunning smile with the experienced team at Wedding Thompson Orthodontics.

"I can't imagine there is a better orthodontic practice."

- Jen N.

What Is a Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile is when too much gum tissue covers the teeth, making them appear smaller.

While no set amount of tissue qualifies as a gummy smile, Dr. Wedding or Dr. Thompson can determine if treatment will create the smile you want.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

Causes of a gummy smile include:

  • A short upper lip
  • Small or short teeth
  • A hyperactive upper lip
  • Skeletal issues
  • Gingival hypertrophy

Orthodontic Treatments for Gummy Smiles

At Wedding Thompson Orthodontics, we pair orthodontic appliances with small devices called temporary anchorage devices (TADS) to shift your entire jaw.

Dr. Wedding or Dr. Thompson will connect TADS to strategic places in your braces and jaw to guide the movement of your teeth.

TADS are minimally invasive and make straightening your teeth and correcting a gummy smile easier and more comfortable. After treatment with TADS, you’ll enjoy a straighter, more aesthetically pleasing smile.

Schedule your free consultation at our Owensboro office if you’d like to learn more about how we can help you fix a gummy smile.