In an attractive smile, there is a balance between the teeth and gums. But what exactly is the best balance? Should you be showing more gums when you smile? That depends. There are many factors that influence how much of your gums should show when you smile. Here are a few factors to look at.

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Your Smile Style

Not everyone smiles the same. The way our facial muscles move to reveal our teeth can influence the amount of gum tissue you should show when you smile.

The most common type of smile, called a commissure smile, starts with a rise at the corners of your lips, followed by an elevation in the center of your lips. This type of smile shows the least amount of gum tissue.

The cuspid smile starts with a rise of the lips in over the cuspid teeth. This type of smile shows much more gum tissue. The complex smile includes both types of smile movements and will reveal a lot of gum tissue.

Your Age

As we get older, pretty much everything droops. That includes your upper lip when  you smile. As we get older, we tend to show less of our upper teeth. If you are under age 60,  your smile should probably show some of your upper gums when you’re giving a full smile. If you’re over age 60, you may not show any gums when you smile.

What If My Gums Don’t Show?

If you think your gums should show, but they aren’t we have to consider what’s the problem. Gums may not show because of receding gums, or it may be related to your facial muscles.

To find out whether your gums have receded, look closely at your front teeth. Are there small black triangles visible between the teeth? Is there a line of tartar (hardened plaque) that’s not at your gum line? Are your gums red, inflamed, or bleeding? Is your gum line very uneven? Are your teeth a different color or texture near the gums than at the top?If you see one or more of these symptoms, then it’s likely that your gums have actually receded.

We can help. We offer gum rejuvenation that can restore your gums. Enjoy a youthful, healthy looking smile, one that has a good balance between your teeth and gums.

Are you unhappy with a smile that’s become too toothy over the years? We offer gum rejuvenation in Orange County. Please call (949) 551-5902 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.