Gummy smiles affect 7 percent of men and 14 percent of women. The difference in a gummy smile and an average one is measured in millimeters. But some people are genetically predisposed to show more gum and feel their smile lacks something because of it.
Surgery for gummy smiles is meant to bring the gingival display back to the right ratio—3 to 4 millimeters of visible gum. There are thousands of these procedures, called gingivectomies, performed each year.
However, more patients are realizing the benefits of Botox, which can fix a gummy smile at a fraction of the cost and with none of the invasion. Botox is typically associated with skin treatments and headaches, but its use as a neutralizing agent pays big dividends in the upper lip, where muscles called lip elevators are located. Once these muscles are paralyzed, the upper lip is held in check and excessive gum cannot be exposed.
Our skin doctor in Tarzana is happy to offer Botox services for gummy smiles. Botox only works if the problem relates to the lips and not to any surrounding bone. Also, overinjection can cause the smile to look unnatural or even frightening, so adjust your expectations accordingly.
Contact our office for more about Botox for gummy smiles.