"How to reduce the gum in a gummy smile"
September 23, 2016
Reducing the ‘gumminess’ of smiles can be done in two different ways. One would be through the use of Botulinum Toxin (commonly known as Botox)/ muscle relaxant injections.
Laura, one of our senior dental nurses had this treatment on her upper lip. The muscles relaxant is injected into area between the upper lip and the nose and reduces the movement of muscle. This prevent the top lip rising as much and prevents a large amount of gum being visible when smiling.
Before treatment Laura found that when laughing or smiling, her top lip would rise to such a height that it would get stuck, particularly when outdoors in the wind. The treatment reduces the amount of lift in her lip when laughing and smiling, thus reducing the amount of gum that is visible and preventing her lip getting stuck.
Another way to reduce the visibility of your gums when you smile would be through crown lengthening surgery.
Crown lengthening surgery would involve the removal of some of your gum to lengthen the appearance of teeth and reduce the amount of visible gum in your smile. Unlike the treatment Laura had, this treatment does not affect the movement of your facial muscles, instead the amount of visible gum is reduced through its removal.
The patient in the above case study had minor gum surgery to lengthen her teeth and had porcelain veneers fitted by Dr Adam Glassford. The result was a toothier smile with less visible gum.
Unlike Laura’s treatment, crown lengthening surgery is a more permanent fix, as to maintain the reduction in lift of the lip muscles, injections of Botulinum Toxin would need to be repeated every three months.
Our cosmetic dentists can advise you on which treatment may be most suitable for you.