A gummy smile or disproportionate amount of gum tissue along your teeth is referred to as a “gummy smile.” A gummy smile can make your teeth appear small or oddly shaped. A gummy smile can get in the way of brushing and flossing your teeth.
Treatment for Gummy Smile
There are surgical options that should be explored to ensure your condition is only in the lips. If it is in the bone, these procedures are often quite costly and painful.
At GLO Skin Care, we offer a simple, much less expensive option to correct your gummy smile, “onabotulinumtoxina”, Botox®. Botox® requires a consultation and then virtually a few painless minutes of your day. The makers of Botox®, Allergan, warns the full effects of Botox® may not be visible for a full 14 days, typically you will experience gradual changes within the first 3-4 days. Post-treatment you well on your way to be more confident when you smile.
How Botox® Helps to Correct Gummy Smile
For many years, medical professionals have been injecting Botox® into the “elevator muscles” of the upper lip. Just like other areas of the face it works by blocking acetylcholine, therefore, inhibiting contraction of the upper lip when smiling. A study in 2014, in the Aesthetic Surgery Journal found the off-label use of Botox® to be a safe and effective procedure for gummy smile.
The average patient reports Botox® longevity to be about 3-4 months in the gummy smile. Typically you will experience that gradual wear-off effect that allows you plenty of notice to schedule your next treatment.
As always at GLO, we believe every face is different and should be treated as such. Therefore, we recommend you consult with your dentist or oral surgeon first to have your condition diagnosed. Then, make an appointment with us and we will be sure to help you smile with a lot more confidence!