I have a gummy smile can i get them corrected?
Q. Hi, I have a 3mm overbite with a 2mm overjet. I have a gummy smile I want to correct. My teeth are straight for the most part but I wanted to know if lingual braces can correct the overbite and in hopes to correct my gummy smile if any. I was also wondering if my teeth are pretty straight and I have to do orthognathic surgery to correct this issue if I can have braces for 6 months and then have the surgery. I would prefer lingual though to give me less of a “horsey” smile.Thanks.
A. It is unlikely that braces can correct a gummy smile, it sounds like you may need some surgery either lip repositioning surgery or more complex orthognatic surgery. It would be worth asking your dentist to refer you to an oral surgeon or a dentist with experience in this type of correction. Lingual braces would still be possible although not all orthodontists can do them.
Dr Andrew Moore
Advance Dental Clinic
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