Some patients have the appearance of short teeth. This can also present as a smile that displays excess gum tissue. There are many etiologies or causes for this, but one of the most common is called altered passive eruption. Altered passive eruption is when the gum line stops short of displaying the full tooth length during growth and development.
A simple procedure called esthetic crown lengthening or gingival recontouring can be completed to expose the full extent of the God given tooth. All of us have long front teeth genetically, yours just may be hiding!
About 30% of cases leaving orthodontic therapy have some degree of altered passive eruption. It is common to finish braces and have your orthodontist recommend a periodontal referral. If your teeth are beautifully straight but still short after braces, we can fix it in about an hour.