People with a gummy smile display a greater proportion of gums versus teeth when they smile. For some people, a gummy smile can be a source of embarrassment. Depending on the etiology and reason for the disproportion of gums, there are different ways to correct this problem. Crown lengthening can be a simple one appointment procedure. A soft tissue laser is used to trim back the gums. This is done when teeth are short and gums seemed to have grown over the teeth too much. However, in some cases, bone surgery is required to lift the gums back. Finally, in other situations, the lips need to be brought down to cover more of the gums. A careful detail evaluation of a trained dentist is needed to diagnose the condition before the appropriate treatment is prescribed for a person.