This type of condition is very common, affecting both men and women. In the past, treatment options were only offered by dentists and plastic surgeons but the treatments were painful and costly, now it can easily be corrected with botulinum toxin A injections, also known as BOTOX(®).
What is a gummy smile?
A gummy smile, also known as excessive gingival display, is a smile that shows an excessive amount of gum under the upper lip. It can be caused by a variety of genetic factors, including dental eruption, which is a process in tooth development in which the teeth enter the mouth and become visible. The upper lip elevator muscle can be blamed for showing too much gum.
People who have this condition sometimes go to extreme lengths to hide it. They will often cover their mouths when smiling or avoid smiling altogether, coming across as unhappy people. Very often they eliminate themselves from social activities due to feeling so self-conscious as a result of the condition. All of this can impact not only ones social life, but professional and personal relationships.
How do we treat a gummy smile?
At the LASERINA Clinic we treat a gummy smile by injecting botulinum toxin A injections into the upper lip elevator muscles, relaxing the muscles so that they cannot contract to a level which displays the gingival excessively.
Contrasting previous treatments, the botulinum toxin A injections are quick and easy. Although not permanent, the injections can be maintained and are a less-painful and quick alternative to surgery.