Transform Your Smile with BOTOX

Essential Aesthetics
BOTOX® Cosmetic & Dysport®

It might have a silly name, but it’s tough for people bothered by a “gummy smile” to find the bright side. A gummy smile, also known as excessive gingival display, is a condition where a person’s smile reveals excessive gum tissue. When someone with a gummy smile smiles, their upper lip rises higher than usual, exposing a larger portion of their gums and creating an unbalanced aesthetic appearance. This condition can vary in severity, with some people showing only a small amount of gum tissue while others may display a significant portion of their gums.

What causes a gummy smile?

A gummy smile can be caused by various factors, including:

Excessive gum tissue: Some individuals naturally have an excess of gum tissue, which can be hereditary.

Abnormal tooth eruption: If the teeth do not erupt properly, they may appear shorter, causing an imbalance between the teeth and gums.

Overactive lip muscles: Certain individuals have hyperactive muscles in their upper lip, causing it to rise higher than normal when smiling.

Jaw or bone structure: Issues with the jawbone or underlying bone structure can affect the position of the teeth and gums, resulting in a gummy smile.

Dental conditions: An overgrowth of the upper jawbone or a short upper lip can contribute to a gummy smile.

What are the treatment options available at Essential Aesthetics?

BOTOX reduces muscle mass or shrinks Masseter muscle where it’s administered. It also decreases the movement of muscles, which is why it’s so popular for crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles caused by movement. It also has non-cosmetic indications, such as treating eyelid spasms and overactive bladder symptoms. So how can it help reduce a gummy smile?

When used carefully on the upper lip muscles, BOTOX is relatively successful at gently altering the smile. It helps prevent the upper lip from completely retracting when smiling, keeping the gums concealed. Although the results aren’t permanent, they can be long-lasting. It’s a good option for people who want to treat the symptoms of a gummy smile but may not be ready for surgery.

We offer several services to help you improve the look of your mouth. For example, you can remove unwanted hair from your upper lip with laser hair removal or fade lines with dermal fillers.

A complete smile transformation is possible here at Essential Aesthetics — no dentist is required! Schedule your consultation today by calling or texting 925.855.1773.

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