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Gummy Smile

Do you feel your smile shows too much of your gums?

Excess gum tissue can hide healthy, bright teeth and distract from your overall smile. 

While we love all smiles at Jovan Prosthodontics, many Round Rock, TX, patients turn to our dentist for treatment to fix their gummy smiles.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

A gummy smile, also known as excessive gingival display, occurs when a person smiles and a significant portion of their upper gum line is exposed, often making the teeth appear short in comparison. Several factors can contribute to a gummy smile, and dental treatment will vary according to the cause.

Excessive Gum Tissue

Known medically as gingival hyperplasia, excessive gum tissue occurs when your gums have grown too much and cover more of your teeth than they should, resulting in a smile that appears "gummy."

Overactive Lip Muscles

Some people have very flexible, hypermobile upper lip muscles that can lift too high when they smile, which leads to showing more of their gum tissue.

Short Upper Lip

The length of your upper lip can influence a gummy smile. If your upper lip doesn't cover your gums when you smile, it can make the gum tissue more visible.

Altered Tooth Eruption

Also known as altered passive eruption, this dental condition occurs when the normal process of tooth eruption and gum tissue development is disrupted, leading to the appearance of shorter and squarer teeth.

Excessive Jaw Growth

Vertical maxillary excess occurs when the upper jaw grows too much vertically, making your lower face look longer. It's one of the most common causes of a gummy smile.

Dentoalveolar Extrusion

Dentoalveolar extrusion occurs when the upper front teeth move down too much, making your gums more visible.

Is Treatment Covered
By Insurance?


Treatment to correct a gummy smile is considered a cosmetic procedure, and is not often covered by insurance. To help you budget the cost of treatment, we accept CareCredit® financing at our Round Rock, TX, dental office.

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Judi Bolden

Round Rock, TX


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I've been going to Dr Ace for about 3 years now. I am a transplant to the area so Dr Ace and team picked me up with somebody else having done the work. I wish I had lived in Austin years ago and known about Dr Ace. This place is great, and I've recommended them personally so thought I'd recommend them on here also.

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Nate Hall

Round Rock, TX


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I really love Dr. Ace and his whole team. Everyone is very cool, calming and friendly. My mouth was a total ****show and they did so much work for me and on me. I'm happy and proud with a smile these days. I'm so glad I ended up finding Dr. Ace and I hope for others, that need mouth help, do as well.

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Jovan Prosthodontics

Dr. Ace Jovanovski of Jovan Prosthodontics is dedicated to helping patients improve their lives with the highest quality dental care. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Jovanovski specializes in restoring teeth with premium dental implants, custom dentures, and more. Our professional affiliations include the:

  • American Dental Association
  • American College of Prosthodontics
  • Texas Dental Association
  • Capital Area Dental Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Academy of Osseointegration
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry

You can request a consultation at our Round Rock, TX, practice by submitting our online form or calling (512) 716-1200.

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