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Q&A: Am I better to have bonding or capping done to improve a "gummy" smile?

Like the cuticles on your fingernails, the gums on many people can grow down over the teeth and make them look short, fat, and give the appearance of a gummy smile. Typically, the proper solution for a gummy smile is to first contour the gums, which reveals more tooth structure. This is usually a very quick and easy procedure for the experienced cosmetic dentist and simply places the gum line back where Mother Nature intended. Then, the underlying problems with the teeth can be addressed. Mishapen or twisted teeth are probably best addressed with porcelain veneers. They are thin shells of porcelain that are permanently bonded to the front of the teeth to give gorgeous, natural-looking results. A smile makeover of this type can be performed on many people in as little as 2 visits over a couple of weeks apart.

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