How to Fix a “Gummy” Smile with Prepless Veneers and Crown Lengthening

Do you feel self-conscious about your “gummy” smile?

You’re not alone.

Meet Leah from White Bear Lake, MN.

That’s exactly how Leah felt ever since she fractured her tooth as a kid. She fixed it with a dental crown, but her smile still bothered her.

Something felt off.

Searching for a solution, she scheduled a consultation with Serene Oaks Dental. After a detailed examination with our expert cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gesica Horn, she realized that she was unhappy with how “gummy” her smile was.

Feel like you can relate to Leah’s problem?

Keep reading to find out how Dr. Horn was able to get rid of her gummy smile.

Why does my smile appear “gummy”?

A gummy smile is when a smile shows more of the gumline than preferred – it can happen when you have:

  • Short teeth
  • Smaller upper lip
  • Excessive gum tissues


There are cosmetic dental procedures that can fix the proportions of your smile to show off your teeth the right way.

See how Dr. Horn fixed Leah’s gummy smile:

Gummy smile before and after prepless veneers and crown lengthening

To create a broader, fuller, and more symmetrical smile, Dr. Horn used esthetic crown lengthening and prepless veneers. With this cosmetic procedure, she replaced a discolored dental crown and created a beautiful new smile for Leah.

Esthetic crown lengthening reduced the gummy appearance, and the prepless veneers gave her teeth a more symmetrical appearance.

How can esthetic crown lengthening fix my gummy smile?

Crown lengthening gives you a more beautiful smile by exposing more of your natural teeth.

With more tooth surface exposed, the benefits of crown lengthening include:

  • Natural-looking smile
  • Enhanced appearance
  • Reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease

Esthetic crown lengthening provides fast results to give you confidence when you’re smiling, laughing, or talking. It can usually be done in just one appointment.

How long does it take to recover from crown lengthening?

Recovery time is minimal – patients can usually resume their regular routines right after surgery.

Make sure to follow your dentist’s post-care instructions to ensure the best recovery possible.

The benefits of crown lengthening: natural-looking smile, enhanced appearance, and reduced risk of tooth decay and gum disease

How can prepless veneers fix a gummy smile?

Prepless veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that’s bonded to your tooth without excessive drilling and can give your smile a symmetrical appearance.

Veneers are:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Stain-resistant
  • Long-lasting

In comparison to porcelain veneers, prepless veneers require little to no drilling and can be done quicker.

How long do prepless veneers last?

With proper care, prepless veneers can last up to 10 years.

Good oral habits including brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly for check-ups!

The benefits of prepless veneers: minimally invasive, stain resistant, long lasting

Interested in fixing your smile?

As Leah experienced,

“Dr. Horn and her team go OVER and ABOVE. They truly care and will make sure you get exactly what you want. The team even helped me with a dental emergency on a Saturday morning. I know that I’m in good hands here and would highly recommend them to anyone. Healthy teeth are so important. Your smile is front and center. Don’t go anywhere else. I HIGHLY recommend Serene Oaks Dental.”

Your smile is the first thing people see, and helping you feel confident with your smile is our top priority.

Ready to love your smile?



Serene Oaks Dental is located in North Oaks, MN… This text opens a new tab to the Google Maps website…, and also welcomes patients from neighboring communities, including White Bear Lake, St. Paul, Twin Cities, Shoreview, and Arden Hills.

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