The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry cites a recent study in which participants were shown photos of people before and after smile-enhancing treatment. The people with improved smiles were rated not just as more attractive, but also more popular, sensitive, successful, and friendly.
If you're interested in improving your child's smile, we can help in a variety of areas. Following are some of the most common corrections we perform for our patients.
Gummy or Crooked Smile
If your child has too much gum showing when they smile, causing the teeth to look short, we call this a gummy smile. If your gum line is uneven, causing some teeth to look shorter than others, we call this a crooked smile. Both situations are easily remedied with a procedure referred to as a gum lift or crown lengthening. During this procedure, we remove excess gum tissue and reshape the contour of your gums to lengthen the crowns of your teeth and provide a natural-looking gum line.
Gum recession can be caused by gum disease, vigorous brushing, grinding or clenching, or from wearing braces. Regardless of the cause, as gums recede they expose the roots of the tooth, creating the appearance of longer teeth. Exposed roots also increase vulnerability to root decay, bone loss, and sensitivity to hot and cold liquids and foods. The solution to this situation is a soft-tissue graft, also known as a gum graft. During this procedure, tissue from the top of your child's mouth or another source is transplanted to the gum area, covering the roots and restoring the gum line to its original, healthy location. A soft-tissue graft protects your child's roots from decay and helps prevent additional gum recession. Dr. Denisse will refer you to the best physician for the situation, possibly an oral surgeon or periodontist.