The Gummy Smile – Smile Enhancement
Do you have a gummy smile?
Numerous conditions contribute to a gummy smile. As a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Silegy is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat these conditions leaving you with the beautiful smile that you have always wanted.
Dr. Silegy has perfected surgical techniques to reshape the gums, change the way the lips frame the mouth and reposition the bony architecture of the upper jaw. In the majority of cases, this can be accomplished in under an hour using a light office based general anesthetic.
If your “gummy smile” is caused by an overgrowth of your gum tissues, a problem associated with wearing braces or taking certain medications, Dr. Silegy can use laser and electrosurgical techniques to remove the excess tissue painlessly and effectively.
Occasionally, the upper lip may be short while the upper jaw and teeth relationship is normal. In these cases, Dr. Silegy may perform a lip repositioning procedure to limit gum exposure when you smile. Dr. Silegy was one of the first doctors to perform this procedure, featured on Extreme Makeover several years ago. Since that time, numerous patients have left his office with beautiful smiles.
Occasionally, the upper jaw will grow downward disproportionately causing “vertical maxillary excess.” Severe cases can be addressed by surgically repositioning the entire upper jaw. This procedure is typically carried out at an outpatient surgical center.
Regardless of the problem, Dr. Silegy and his staff are ready to address your concerns and improve your smile. Call Dr. Silegy at 562-496-1978 for an appointment today.