Gummy Smile


Reducing the appearance of a gummy smile

A gummy smile is when too much of your gums are showing through your beautiful smile. Although prominent gums are completely harmless a gummy smile can make you feel self-conscious and can affect how you feel when you see photos of yourself.
It has been shown that a smile will usually be perceived as gummy when four millimetres of gum tissue shows.

There are a few causes for gummy smiles such as:

  • Improperly erupted teeth
  • A hyperactive lip that looks normal when the face is at rest but lifts too much when smiling
  • A short upper lip
  • Worn teeth
  • An overgrowth of the upper jaw


How we can reduce the appearance and formation of a gummy smile

Gummy smiles happen naturally and fortunately, there are treatment options whether that be minor dental surgery or cosmetic treatments they can help fix your smile and restore your confidence!

Assuming that your gummy smile is the result of a hyperactive lip and not a cause that requires dental surgery, there are neuromodulators that can help to give you your smile back. Neuromodulators can be injected into the muscles of the upper lip to stop the lip from overreacting when smiling, lowering the lip and covering the gums to give you a brighter smile.


Treatments for a gummy smile

During your consultation, we will evaluate the distance of the gums to the upper lips and the muscle strength. This will help determine the number of neuromodulators units needed to achieve your desired smile.

An appropriate amount of neuromodulators will be injected into the muscle controlling the upper lip, resulting in a reduced pulling of the upper lip when smiling.


Neuromodulators are nerve blocking agents that temporarily relax the muscle they are injected into, resulting in minimized or complete prevention of muscle contraction.

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