Gummy Smile Treatment
“Gummy smile” or excessive gingival display is a common problem for men and women and is entirely treatable.
The problem refers to the effect of displaying more of the upper gum or “gingiva” than is necessary or desirable when smiling.
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
In most cases it is caused by the unopposed and strong action of the muscles that contract to elevate the upper lip.
The 2 pairs of muscles chiefly responsible for this are the levator labii superioris and the levator labii superioris alaeque nasii.
What is the Treatment?
The usual treatment is to carefully inject properly diluted Botulinum toxin to each of the troublesome lip muscles.
Effects typically appear within just a few days and may last for 4-9 months.