I Have Researched Different Options On How To Fix A Gummy Smile, Which Course Of Action Is Best To Consider?

Q.
I have a gummy smile.

I am trying to find which options are best for me.

I have seen two dentists and they don’t seem to have all the facts. They only seem to think that veneers are the answer; they weren’t aware of any other options.

But from my research, there seems to be the following solutions:  Lip repositioning surgery and/or Botox, orthodontic treatment, orthognathic surgery, crown lengthening and veneers afterwards, gum removal by laser or scalpel. I am currently having orthodontic treatment, as I was led to believe this would solve the problem. The orthodontist has now told me that it can’t, so I need to seek other solutions. I have had lip repositioning surgery and Botox, but this did not work. Plus these are both temporary solutions.

What other solutions are there? Who can I consult with to get an overview of all of the options?

A.
Thanks for writing in. You are very well researched which is great and you have listed all the possible options. For orthognathic surgery you’d need to see a surgeon who is experienced in that field, the treatment is usually done alongside an orthodontist. No dentists have skills in every field, especially to a ‘specialist’ level so it’s difficult to find all the answers under one roof. Even in my own practice, where we have lots of specialists and cosmetic dentists, we have to refer out for the orthognathic surgery. We do cover all the other options and have a periodontist, orthodontists and cosmetic dentists all here at 52 Harley Street.

My advice would be to come and see myself, the orthodontist and our periodontist and this may be possible to arrange on one or two visits. Then we can look at the possibility of the surgery options and the veneers and orthodontic options. http://www.harleystreetdentalgroup.org/team.php. Please feel free to email some photographs in. Kind regards, Mark.

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October 11th, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Colin Hunter Says :

Hi Dr Hughes, thank you for your comprehensive reply. I will book an appointment to see yourself at your clinic so that we can discuss the problem. Thanks again, CJ.

PS – i think i sent the same question to you again, so please ignore the request.

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