Gummy Smile

What is a gummy smile?

When your smile is characterized by showing ‘too much’ gum we call this a gummy smile. It is impossible to give a good definition of what actually is ‘too’ much. That really depends on personal taste. Sometimes a gummy smile can cause apprehension for instance when smiling on pictures.

What causes a gummy smile?

Several anatomical situations can yield a gummy smile;
– a short upper lip
– small teeth
– a high upper jaw
– strong lip raising muscles

What can be done to correct a gummy smile?

Depending on what anatomical cause lies underneath the visibility of the gum tissue, several treatment options are available. Most of them require surgery of the lip, the gum tissue or the bone.

Since the surgical aspect of these treatment options can be fearsome, many patients seek for a milder solution. Reducing the height of the smile line using botulinum toxin is a subtle way to achieve ones aesthetic goal.

What is the procedure?

First, the smile line and the anatomical situation will be assessed and discussed to create a better understanding of what can be done. The procedure itself takes one minute only and consists of two or three small injections targeting the lip raising muscles. The effect of the treatment will last three to six months. After that period, the treatment can be repeated if desired.