Gummy Smile Treatment

Gummy Smile Treatment Darwin

Is too much gum ruining all your fun? Be photo-ready with our gummy smile treatment.

A gummy smile is when the ratio of your lips, gums and teeth is not balanced. This can mean either too much tooth is showing, or not enough.
When you visit our friendly Darwin dental practice, we’ll assess your oral health and determine what the best treatment for you is.
Before cosmetic treatments are carried out, it’s important you’re in good dental health. Problems such as gum disease and cavities should be treated before you undergo treatments to give cosmetic dental work the best chance, not only of success, but of longevity.

Gummy smile treatment, and how Extreme Dentistry can help you

At Extreme Dentistry in Darwin, we understand that an overly gummy smile can make you less inclined to show your teeth when you smile.
To counteract a gummy smile, Extreme Dentistry offers our gummy smile treatment. With this, we are able to accurately and successfully contour your gums to reveal healthy, lengthened teeth for a more cosmetically pleasing smile.
Alternatively, if too much tooth is showing we can provide a gum lift to help balance out your smile the other way.

Gummy smile treatment from Extreme Dentistry

Want to change the way others see your smile? Arrange a gummy smile consultation today by calling our Extreme Dentistry practice!


A gum lift is a procedure which helps to create a better balance between the teeth and gums. For some people, their smiles are too gummy, so you don’t see enough of their teeth. In order to restore the balance, the orthodontist will either contour the gum to reveal more of the tooth. Our gummy smile treatment is the procedure we use to reveal more teeth. If there’re too much teeth showing, a procedure can also be done to rebalance.

A gum lift, also known as gingival contouring or gingivoplasty, is a cosmetic dental procedure that can enhance the appearance of the gums. The results of this procedure can be long-lasting and provide a refreshed and confident smile.

Factors such as the type of treatment received, the extent of the procedure, and the individual’s oral hygiene habits can impact the duration of the results. With proper care, many people can enjoy the benefits of a gum lift for several years.

Good oral hygiene practices like brushing and flossing regularly and regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help maintain the results of the procedure and ensure the continued health of the gums. Additionally, some people may find that they are more confident and comfortable with their smile after a gum lift, which can positively impact their overall quality of life.

A gum lift, or gingivectomy, which can also be referred to as crown lengthening, usually lasts between one and two hours, depending on the area’s size and shape. The dentist will remove any extra gum tissue, reshape the gums to achieve a symmetrical appearance, and may also reshape or remove bone if necessary. After the procedure, mild discomfort and swelling can be expected for a few days, and special attention should be given to brushing and flossing.

Gum lift surgery is typically a low-pain procedure, with only minor discomfort reported by some patients. Your dentist can use a numbing agent to minimise any discomfort during the procedure, ensuring a more comfortable experience. Following the surgery, you may experience some mild swelling and soreness, but this is a normal part of the healing process and should resolve over time as your gums heal. Most patients find that any discomfort is minimal and easily managed with proper care and attention, and the result is a more beautiful and confident smile.

Common causes of a gummy smile include:

  • Excessive gum tissue: Overgrowth of gum tissue can cover more of the teeth than normal, making the gums appear more prominent.
  • Short upper lip: A shorter upper lip can reveal more of the gums when you smile.
  • Hyperactive upper lip: An upper lip that lifts too high when smiling can expose an excessive amount of gum.
  • Small teeth: Teeth that are naturally small or have not fully erupted can make the gums appear more prominent.
  • Jaw development issues: Abnormalities in jaw development can affect the alignment and appearance of the gums and teeth.

Identifying the specific cause of a gummy smile is essential to determining the most effective treatment approach.

A good candidate for gummy smile treatment is someone who feels self-conscious about the amount of gum or tooth showing when they smile. Additionally, candidates should be in good overall dental health, free from issues such as gum disease or cavities, which should be treated prior to undergoing cosmetic procedures. A consultation at our Darwin dental practice will help determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.

During a gummy smile consultation at Extreme Dentistry, you can expect a comprehensive assessment of your oral health. Our dental professionals will evaluate the ratio of your lips, gums, and teeth to identify the cause of your gummy smile. We will discuss your concerns and desired outcomes and recommend the most suitable treatment option for achieving a balanced and aesthetically pleasing smile. The consultation will also include a review of your dental health to ensure that any underlying issues, such as gum disease or cavities, are addressed before proceeding with cosmetic treatments.