It’s a common misperception about cosmetic dentistry: it’s all about appearance. That’s why some people have a tendency to dismiss cosmetic dentistry as being frivolous or unimportant. But the truth is quite different. Cosmetic dentistry may be focused on changing the appearance of your teeth, but the effects will extend far beyond your appearance. People make many social and moral judgments about you on the basis of your smile, and they can be impacted by characteristics such as whether you have a gummy smile.

The Impacts of Correcting a Gummy Smile

How do we know about the effects your smile can have? Through scientific studies that have been performed. One recent study looked at the impact correcting a gummy smile had on judgments that were made on people. In this study, people with small teeth who showed a lot of gum tissue were recruited. They had their pictures taken and these pictures were altered digitally to lengthen the teeth and reduce the amount of gums that showed in the smile.

Subjects were then shown a set of pictures that included a mix of original and modified images, though never both pictures for the same subject. Subjects were asked to rate not only the attractiveness of the person in the picture, they were also asked to rate the person on their intelligence, trustworthiness, friendliness, and self-confidence.
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It turns out that the modified pictures were rated significantly better than the original picture. People not only look better with longer front teeth, they are considered better in many categories of social value.

The Impact of These Judgments

So, what is the impact of simple cosmetic procedures such as enlarging your front teeth? It’s hard to say what it might be for any individual, but in the past, many things have been identified as being related to the appearance of one’s smile.

For example, people with a more attractive smile are more likely to be hired than people with a less attractive smile, and they’re more likely to be offered a higher starting salary.

People with more attractive smiles are also more likely to be forgiven for social transgressions. You might not think this is such a big deal when it’s on a dating website, but it’s also true for people on a jury, who may be more likely to hand down a severe judgment on someone with an unattractive smile.

It’s called the “halo effect,” and it can make a big difference in your life, even though you might not notice any individual effects.

Remember, your smile is an essential part of your personal brand, and if it’s not working, you need to address the problem.

How Can Your Gummy Smile Be Improved?

If you are unhappy about a gummy smile, we have several approaches that can be used to improve it.

If you really do have excessive gum tissue, we can use laser gum recontouring to make your gums more proportionate to your smile and your face.

On the other hand, if your teeth haven’t fully emerged from your jaw, we might recommend orthodontics to help them emerge. This can be done best with braces or other traditional wire-based orthodontics. Functional orthodontics can also be used to alter the shape of your jaw if necessary to make room for more forward-facing teeth.

Finally, if your teeth are just small, we can build them up using porcelain veneers or dental crowns to ensure your teeth are an attractive length and proportion for your face.

No matter what approach we use, you will love the appearance of your new smile and may be surprised at how differently people respond to you.

If you’re ready to enjoy a bright, beautiful smile for the first time in your life or restore the beautiful smile of your youth, please call 201-343-4044 or email today for an appointment with a River Edge cosmetic dentist at the River Edge Dental Center for General & Cosmetic Dentistry.