Management of an Adult with Class III Malocclusion, Gummy Smile, and Spaced Dentition

Sameera Babar, John R. Calamia, Jerry M. Sorrel

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This case report presents an interdisciplinary approach to achieve functioning occlusion and an aesthetically pleasing smile. This patient's concerns were spacing between upper front teeth and a gummy smile. The case was evaluated, and treatment was planned using a multidisciplinary approach. The patient rejected the option of orthognathic surgery to correct a skeletal problem. Treatment included orthodontics, osteoplasty, gingivoplasty, and porcelain veneer restorations to achieve the desired aesthetic result. Comprehensive orthodontics resulted in a functionally stable occlusion. Space distribution between maxillary anterior teeth with adequate overjet and overbite relationships allowed for conservative preparation to receive porcelain veneer restorations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-674
Number of pages10
JournalDental clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Aesthetics
  • Class III malocclusion
  • Multidiscipline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Dentistry


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