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Gummy Smile Correction: A Path Towards Improved Confidence and Health

Written by Dr. Rodi Dirki | Medically reviewed by Editorial Team
Last updated on: August 05, 2023

What is a gummy smile?

It is a smile that shows an excessive amount of gum under the upper lip. An average typical smile exposes generally no more than 2 millimeters of upper gum tissues, whereas a gummy smile may show 3 millimeters or more of upper gum tissues.

What are the possible reasons for a gummy smile?

  • Anatomically it happens when the upper jawbone is larger than lower and making the upper lip appear stretched.
  • Hyper function of the upper lip elevator muscle
  • Over eruption of maxillary anterior teeth
  • Excessive gum tissue due to genetic or drugs like anticonvulsants

Why is a gummy smile important in aesthetics?

Smiles are the most attractive and meaningful facial expression and universal sign of happiness. However, when a person has a gummy smile it can have a negative impact on self-esteem, confidence and facial attraction.

What treatments are available for gummy a smile?

A significant improvement can be achieved with both surgical and nonsurgical methods. Although the choice of treatment depends upon the underlying etiology, Botox injections and lip fillers are the most common non surgical and effective treatments. Surgical options include surgical repositioning of the lip, gingivectomy & crown lengthening.

How does botox work for a gummy smile?

Botox relaxes the muscles in the upper lip and limits the rise of upper lip while smiling that’s why gums are not visible. It’s a very quick, non-invasive and cheap procedure.

How long does gummy smile Botox last for?

It usually lasts for 3-5 months on average.

How long does gummy smile Botox take to work?

Results will start appearing after 2-3 days of Botox injections, but full results will be visible within 14 days.

What side effects can I expect after gummy smile Botox?

It can make the upper lip a bit wider. It may slightly change your smile particularly the first 2-3 weeks following botox injections.

How can fillers help to reduce gummy smile?

Lip filler can be used to conceal the gummy smile. By plumping up the lip, we can not only improve the shape of lips but also lessen gummy smile.

What are the benefits of gummy smile correction?

You will experience aesthetically more pleasing and attractive smile. Self confidence and self esteem will be improved. It will provide you with better hygiene and health of gums.

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