Are you bothered by your gummy smile? Many individuals feel self conscious and bothered by this feature and it holds them back from expressing their happiness.
Previously, there weren’t many options to treat gummy smiles. Invasive surgical procedures were considered the gold standard of treatment for excessive gum exposure. However, with the introduction of neuromodulators (i.e. Botox and Xeomin), there is now a more comfortable, safer and effective way to treat this concern.
How does it work: Gummy smiles are caused by over contraction of muscles located around and above your upper lip (Pranav, Pravin, Pallavi, Anshdeep, 2014). As you smile, the muscles contract and force your lip to move upward and back to reveal your gum line. As mentioned in my previous blogs, neuromodulators have the ability to interact with our nerve endings and causes our muscles to relax. Thus by injecting neuromodulators to our upper lip, it can relax the muscle and diminish the appearance of a gummy smile.
Safety & Comfort: Neuromodulator treatments have a long safetrack record; it can be performed during a lunch break and has little to no downtime. Only a small amount of product is needed, and the full results will be evident in 10-14 days.
Maintenance: The effects of neuromodulators are not permanent. Treatment results usually last for several months depending on the individual (Jaspers, Pijpe, Schepers, Jansma, 2011). Therefore if you like the results, you will need to return to your provider for maintenance treatments. However, that being said, it is still more cost effective compared to invasive surgical options.
Tips: It is common for the upper lips to feel slightly sluggish after treatment. Most individuals find it most noticeable when they are sipping from a straw or sounding out words starting with the letter “F” or “S”. This is caused by the relaxation of the muscles and it will resolve on its own after a few days.
Jaspers, G.W., Pijpe, J., Schepers, R.H., & Jansma, J. (2011). Cosmetic facial surgery. The application of botulinum neurotoxin type A. Ned Tijdschr Tandheelkd, 118(10):488-94. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22043640?report=abstract
Pranav, N., PravinK., Pallavi, V.N., & Anshdeep, S. (2014). BOTOX: Broadening the Horizon of Dentistry. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, ZE25-ZE29. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4316364/