One of the many misconceptions about Botox® is that it’s only used for forehead wrinkles. This is far from the truth. An alternative to surgery, Botox® can help fix a gummy smile. If you think you have a gummy smile, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Even some popular celebs like Jennifer Garner and Nicole Kidman have them, too. Did you know two millimeters or less of gum tissue make for the ideal smile? A study shows a beautiful smile two weeks post injection with no side effects when Botox® is used to correct a gummy smile. Read about the study here.
What Causes a Gummy Smile
Technically called gingival display, there are a variety of reasons for a gummy smile. Muscle hypertension could cause the upper lip to rise when it moves. Eruptions of patterns in the upper jaw could cause an excess display of gum tissue. The upper lip may be too short or the gums may be large. It could also be the cause of an overgrowth of the upper jaw. For almost all incidences, a gummy smile is genetic and related to proportions.
How It Works
Botox® can be used as an alternative to the traditional surgical procedure. The goal is to weaken, or relax, the muscles around the mouth causing the lip to retract when you smile. Injections help paralyze the hyperactive muscles in the upper lip to reduce elevation. This method is also less invasive and can be done in minutes.
In the past, surgery was the only option available for a toothy smile. The main treatment option was around $15,000, but injections are a fraction of the cost, last for months with no down time.
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