Gummy Smile – Causes & Symptoms.
A gummy smile is when some people smile, their upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing an unattractive smile. This phenomenon can be due to several factors. One of the reasons is hyperactive muscle which elevates the upper lip. Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more.
While for most people smiling is an expression of happiness, individuals whose gums stand out more than their smile does often feel self-conscious. Very often those with gummy smile try to control and minimise their smile avoiding showing their teeth and some feel so self-conscious that they prefer not to smile at all. This may have a detrimental effect on one’s professional, social, and personal relationships.
How to treat the gummy smile with Botox®?
Thankfully, gummy smile reduction is now possible, simple, and effective. Utilising a non-surgical approach by injecting small amounts of Botox® into the hyperactive muscle of the upper lip, Stacey will give you a smile that is natural and carefree. With this procedure, you can smile without exposing teeth & upper gums too much.
This simple procedure will weaken the hyperactive muscles and reduce the elevation of your upper lip, thereby reducing your inhibiting gummy smile. If a thin upper lip is a contributing factor, Stacey may suggest upper lip augmentation with New Zealand and Australian approved fillers such as Teosyal RHA 2.
How long does the treatment take?
The gummy smile procedure takes about 10 minutes.
What does this procedure involve?
A small amount of Botox® will be injected on each side of your lip to weaken the muscles’ ability to contract. Within the next 3-4 days elevation of the upper lip is progressively weakened and your smile is transformed, showing less gum and giving you the confidence to smile without inhibition.
How long do results with Botox® treatment last?
Your new smile will last about four months.
This is an off-label use for Botulinum toxin ref: Polo,M. Botulinum toxin type A in the treatment of excessive gingival display. Am.J. Orthod. Dentofacial Orthop. 127:214,2005
As noted in the Botulinum section of this site, the treatment begins to wear off very slowly from about two weeks after treatment. You need another treatment anywhere between three and a half to six months later, depending on how long you have been having treatments.
Ensure that you take the time to read our Botulinum Toxin Type A page for side effects and contraindications before coming in for your free consultation. Botulinum Toxin is medicine and may only be administered by a Registered Medical Professional.
If you are interested in learning more about Dysport®/Botox®/Xeomin® use for any of these treatments, please contact Beautiphi on 022 3837 968 to schedule a consultation with one of our Cosmetic Medicine Nurses.