What would you guess the age of this patient to be? This patient had a gummy smile. The level of the gums can be a misleading indicator of a person's age. Based on the level of this patient's gum tissue, many would guess her age to be around 12 to 14 years.


Periodontal surgery made this smile more beautiful by exposing more of each tooth. A gummy smile is not necessarily unattractive. More important is the height-to-width ratio of each tooth. After surgery, her correctly proportioned teeth were whitened to further enhance their vibrancy. The age of this patient at the time of treatment was 26 years.