How Veneers Can Correct a Gummy Smile

How Veneers Can Correct a Gummy Smile

Dental veneers help make many corrections in your smile. From improving the whiteness of your teeth, to covering misshapen teeth, or repairing cracks, veneers give you a “Hollywood” smile that makes you confident and proud.

If you have teeth that look “short” in proportion to your gums, you have what is known as a “gummy” smile. Veneers can help you achieve a more balanced look. Offered by the providers at Union Square Dental, in the Flatiron District of New York City, veneers look much like your natural teeth as they make corrections to your smile.

Here’s how your gummy smile and overall look benefit. 

Dental veneers and a gummy smile

Dental veneers are super thin sheets of porcelain that fit right over the front of your existing teeth. The porcelain mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel, so you get the gleam and coloration of an authentic smile. The sheets make corrections in minor smile problems so your teeth look more uniform and beautiful.

Veneers are made from impressions of your teeth, so they fit your mouth perfectly. In the case of a gummy smile, our dentists might remove a small portion of the gum tissue to make your teeth appear longer. The portion of the tooth that’s now exposed gets covered and blended into the new gumline by the custom veneer. You’ll now greet everyone with a smile that emphasizes your pearly whites.

Veneers are not irritating to your gums and most people tolerate them quite well. You care for your veneers like you do for your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing. Avoid chewing on hard objects and staining food and drink to keep them looking pristine. With proper care, veneers can keep your smile pretty for 10 years or longer.

The ways dental veneers can help you

Veneers correct a gummy smile, but can also work for many other flaws. Minor gaps in your teeth, unevenly shaped or sized teeth, or cracked or chipped teeth all benefit. In many of these cases, cemented veneers reinforce and strengthen the tooth, reducing the chance of further damage.

Getting fitted for veneers

After your initial consultation, plan on at least two additional appointments for fit and placement of your veneers. At the first appointment, your dentist removes a small amount of your tooth enamel to accommodate the porcelain sheets. We take the impressions after this process to customize your veneers’ fit. We also fit you with temporary veneers for the next week or two.

When your permanent veneers are ready, your dentist and our technical team clean and etch your teeth to create a strong bond between tooth and veneer. Once the veneers are placed, some minor adjustments may be made, or you may come back in a week or two for these. 

At Union Square Dental, we want you to be proud of your smile. We recommend dental veneers to help you feel just that way. Contact the office today, by phone or through the handy online booking tool, to get started on your smile improvements.

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