Gummy Smile Specialist

Karen E Guinn, DDS -  - Orthodontist

The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design

Karen E Guinn, DDS

Orthodontist & TMJ Specialist located in Downtown Pasadena, CA & West Covina, CA

You might find yourself attempting to cover your smile or avoid smiling altogether if you show too much of your gums when you grin. With gummy smile treatments at The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design in West Covina and Pasadena, California, Karen Guinn, DDS, can give you a smile that you’re proud to show off. To start planning your treatment for a gummy smile, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design or book an appointment online today.

Gummy Smile Q& A

What is a gummy smile?

If you show a lot of your gums when you smile, particularly above your upper row of teeth, you have what’s called a gummy smile. Gummy smiles are primarily cosmetic issues and are unlikely to cause oral health complications. Still, you might wish to treat your gummy smile because of how it looks and how it affects your overall appearance.

Some gummy smiles are the result of improper jaw development. In these cases, you might experience some jaw discomfort or an imperfect bite. At The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design, Dr. Guinn specializes in treating gummy smiles of all types.

Dr. Guinn might use X-ray imaging and other techniques to view the roots of your teeth and your jawbone. Using this information, she can decide which treatment or treatments will be most effective for your case.

What causes a gummy smile?

A gummy smile can be due to specific complications with the structures in your face and jaw. It can develop because of:

  • Abnormal tooth eruption
  • Poor jawbone development
  • Overactive upper lip muscle
  • Overgrown gums
  • Naturally small teeth

Even a small abnormality in part of your mouth or jaw can displace the positioning of everything around it, leading to features like too much gums showing when you smile. A thorough evaluation can help Dr. Guinn find the origin of your gummy smile and plan a strategic treatment. Once treated, your teeth and gums are more in balance and you can smile confidently.

What are my treatment options for a gummy smile?

Dr. Guinn might use just one treatment for your gummy smile or a combination with a comprehensive treatment approach. Your gummy smile treatment plan is personalized according to your needs and the structural abnormalities that contribute to the way your smile looks. Your treatment plan might include:

Crown lengthening

Crown lengthening is a procedure to make your teeth appear longer by exposing more of them from under your gums. Dr. Guinn sculpts your gumline to make sure it looks natural and appealing without showing as much when you smile.


In some cases, orthodontic treatments like braces and Invisalign® can help reshape your smile to show less of your gums.

Botox® injections

Botox injections work as a treatment for some gummy smiles because they can counteract the overactive muscles causing your upper lip to recede. Botox works by inhibiting muscle movements that are involuntary or excessive.

If you have a gummy smile and don’t like the way it looks, call The Smile Agency Orthodontics & Smile Design to discuss treatment or book your consultation online today.