Nobody wants to feel self conscious about their smile. If you find you’re trying to hide your gummy smile by covering your mouth or keeping your mouth closed then talk to us. We can help you improve your grin with gummy smile correction techniques.
Gummy Smile Correction
Find out more about gummy smile correction and our approach to treatment in the information below. Or get in touch and book a free nurse or therapist consultation to discuss your concerns and treatment plan specific to you.
What causes a gummy smile?
It appears that the aesthetics of smile proportions are universal:
“Studies have been done with dentists, plastic surgeons, dermatologists and regular folk to assess smiles. Most everyone agreed that two millimeters or less of gum tissue showing was the level where most participants thought the smile looked normal. Participants started noticing the gum tissue at three to four millimeters, and thinking that too much gum tissue was showing at more than four millimetres” – New York Times
A smile that exposes too much pinkish gum is embarrassing for some of the people that visit us. They sit in our practice with their lips pressed tightly together as they ask, “Why is my smile so gummy?”
It’s a question with a variety of answers, all of which are genetic in nature.
- A short upper lip
- Excessive gum tissue
- Small teeth
- Everyday wear and tear that reduces tooth length
Do you need surgery to correct a gummy smile?
Previously, surgery was the go-to treatment option for a gummy smile:
Dental surgery to immobilise muscles – In this dental aesthetic procedure, the dental surgeon cuts some of the muscles that control the upper lip. As a result, the lip cannot rise as high, preventing gums from being revealed.
Dental surgery to lengthen crowns – The surgeon cuts away gum tissue so that the crown (tooth) appears longer. If necessary, the surgeon may also reshape the underlying bone to reveal the proper amount of tooth length.
Orthognathic surgery –In extreme cases, the dental surgeon repositions the upper jaw.
It’s difficult to pinpoint how many surgical operations are performed in Australia to correct a gummy smile. That number appears to be decreasing, however, in light of the use of cosmetic injectables. Muscles relaxants offer tremendous benefits in correcting a gummy smile with none of the downsides associated with surgery.
What are the non-surgical treatments?
Most recently, the same muscle relaxant that corrects deep forehead lines and wrinkles has been shown to be a useful tool for preventing the upper lip from “over-smiling.”
“(Muscle relaxant injection therapy) is a safe and effective procedure for gummy smile, confirming the findings of an earlier report in the American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. The price is also more appealing than surgery” – Aesthetic Surgery Journal
Patients who are unhappy with their gummy smile are thrilled to learn that there are now alternatives to surgery for correcting a gummy smile.
By positioning very small units of muscle relaxant injections in specific positions under the nose, a 5 minute treatment can correct your smile for 4-6 months. Topical anaesthetic may be applied beforehand to make this a very comfortable, minimally invasive treatment, with excellent, predictable results.
Make An Appointment
If you would like to know more about surgical and non-surgical options to correct a gummy smile, you can reach us during business hours on 07 3160 3330 or use the contact form to find out how cosmetic injectables can give you something to really smile about.
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