Gummy and Toothy Smile Correction
A person’s smile is one of the first things people remember. We notice how large, straight, crooked, white, or yellow their teeth are or whether or not they have braces. We also notice those things they might prefer we didn’t see as well. Characteristics like too much gum show or a “gummy smile” and too much teeth show or a “toothy smile” can interfere with your everyday quality of life for one reason or another, and you may want to take a look at what you can do to correct those concerns and boost your self-confidence.
How to Treat – Alone or in Combination
Botox or Dysport injection
Neuromodulators are another viable cosmetic method for correcting a gummy smile, however, the results are temporary and will disappear once they have been absorbed by the body. Neuromodulators include Botox® (Botulinum toxin type A), and Dysport® are commonly used at Nexx. Neuromodulators improve the look of a gummy smile by ensuring less lifting and movement of the lips when smiling. Less movement of the lips equals less gum show. Patients should note that these neuromodulators are paralyzing agents and should only be administered by well-experienced practitioners. Consult our expert physicians if you believe neuromodulators are the right option for your needs.
- Procedure time:10 minutes
- Anesthesia:ice, vibration
- Pain level:mild
- Recovery time:none
- Results:1-2 weeks
- Treatment effects:lasting 3-4 months. Best seen with multiple treatments and maintenance.
Dermal Fillers for Lips
Lip injections may offer another alternative to fixing your gummy smile. The versatility of the procedure makes it a convenient option if it fits within your needs. Cosmetic practitioners can use dermal fillers injected into the lips to change their size and shape. For example, this procedure can lengthen or fill out a short upper lip aiding in gummy or toothy smile correction by balancing out the lips with one another. By augmenting or reshaping the lips, it helps to balance gingival tissue display with the number of teeth visible.
- Procedure time:20-30 minutes
- Anesthesia:topical anesthetic cream
- Pain level:moderate
- Recovery time:2-7 days
- Results:final results are seen in 2-3 weeks
- Treatment effects:lasting 6-9 months. Best seen with multiple treatments and maintenance.