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WHAT IS A GUMMY SMILE?

A gummy smile is defined as an excessive display of gum tissue when you smile. Thankfully, there is nothing dangerous or unhealthy about having a gummy smile. However, some people feel it makes them look unattractive and may even feel reluctant to smile. There are a number of possible treatment options depending on the cause of the excessive gingival display.

WHAT CAUSES A GUMMY SMILE?

There are many reasons for appearing to have a gummy smile. It may be due to overgrowth of gingival (gum tissue), short or small teeth, small sized lips or overactivity of the muscles that lift up the upper lip. The cause may also be a combination of these (for example small thin lips and overactive muscles).

TREATMENTS FOR GUMMY SMILE CORRECTION

There are many options for gummy smile correction. If the cause is due to the teeth or gum tissue then you should visit the dentist who can investigate and offer treatments to address these causes.

For gummy smiles caused by overactive muscles, injection of Botox into the hyperactive muscles weaken them. This corrects any asymmetry and excessive gingival display to eliminate gumminess. If the cause of your gummy smile is a thin upper lip, consider lip enhancement with hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. These can provide a fuller lip which reduces the appearance of gums when smiling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Botox normally takes 2-3 weeks to notice full results and usually last for 3-4 months before a repeat treatment is required.
Botox is a medicine and should only be used administered by a trained medic as far as we are concerned. Like any procedure, there is always a chance of something going wrong. In general, this can be an allergic reaction, bruising or Botox producing an undesirable effect if injected unevenly or if it spreads to the wrong muscle. This latter bit can lead to asymmetry or difficulty smiling. The chances of these side effects or problems can be minimised by seeing a trained and experienced professional. Before you have any treatment, your Doctor should go through a consent form and explain in detail the procedure including potential risks.
This entirely depends on the cause. As we've mentioned above, some causes like problems with the gums or the teeth need to be treated by a Dentist who might need to perform surgery or recommend Orthodontic treatment. Overactivity of muscle can be easily and non surgically weakened with Botox. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, are excellent if the reason you show excess gums or teeth is due to thin lips. This is why you should always see an expert who can assess your face in detail and offer you the correct treatment option.