The condition of excessive gingival display is also referred to as having a gummy smile. This type of smile is characterised by an uneven, high-reaching or fleshy-looking gum line. Most often it describes when the upper gums appear visible beneath the upper lip when smiling. In severe cases, gingiva tissue is visible even when the lips are in a resting position.
Having a gummy smile (i.e., displaying an excessive amount of gingiva or gum tissue) is a common aesthetic concern for both genders, with females experiencing higher rates of excessive gingival display. Showing too much of the gum line when smiling or talking can be embarrassing, which can unfortunately lead to reduced self-confidence and a negative body image. Besides excessive gingival display being considered unattractive, a gummy smile can be associated with bad oral health (e.g., inflamed gums, disease, bad breath).
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