A ‘gummy smile’ is one where the gums show when you are smiling. It is thought that 10% of people show their gums when they smile. Gummy smiles can easily be treated with small amounts of anti-wrinkle treatment.
What causes a gummy smile?
Causes of a gummy smile include:
- The shape and height of the teeth – patients with short upper teeth can have a high gum to tooth ratio. A procedure called ‘crown lengthening’ can be performed by specialist dentists to reduce the amount of gum covering the teeth and remodel the bone underneath the gum to make the teeth look taller.
- The amount of gum covering the teeth – this can again be addressed by the dentist. Excess gum tissue can be removed in a dental cosmetic procedure to make the teeth look taller.
- The amount that the upper lip moves when you smile – patients with gummy smiles often have a very active muscle known as ‘levator labii superioris alaeque nasi’ or LLSAN for short (shown in the diagram below). I like the describe the LLSAN as the muscle that contracts when we ask a patient to ‘snarl’. LLSAN lives alongside the nose and is responsible for lifting the upper lip.
How to treat the gummy smile with anti-wrinkle injections
To treat a gummy smile we place 1 small injection of anti-wrinkle product into the LLSAN muscle on each side of the nose, as shown in the diagram below. The anti-wrinkle treatment relaxes the muscle and prevents the top lip from being able to lift as high when smiling.
Is gummy smile painful treatment painful?
The area either side of the nose is quite sensitive so we use ice to numb the skin before injection
How many ‘units’ will I need to treat my gummy smile?
We often use 1 or 2 units on each side of the nose to treat a gummy smile.
Please note that at Cityskin we charge a flat fee of $150 when you treat the gummy smile alone.
Who cannot have gummy smile treatment?
If the bottom of the middle of the lip is lower than the bottom of the outer lip when you smile you cannot have gummy smile treatment. When we treat a gummy smile we relax the LLSAN muscle, which is responsible for lifting the middle part of the lip on smiling. If the middle of your lip is lower than the outer part of the lip before we treat then it will drop further after treatment and cause a Joker smile.
Where can I have gummy smile treatment?
All of our practitioners at Cityskin Kew, Hampton and Armadale can treat your gummy smile.
How much will treatment for gummy smile cost?
At Cityskin we charge a flat fee of $150 when we treat the gummy smile on its’ own. We do not charge a consultation fee. For more information on treatment costs click here.
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