A simple, temporary solution for gummy smiles, with high patient satisfaction, is with muscle relaxant injections. For more permanent options, your dentist, orthodontist and maxillo-facial surgeon will have a number of ways of treating a gummy smile, ranging from orthognathic (jaw) surgery to gum contouring and crown lengthening.

gummy smile prior to treatment with botox

gummy smile after treatment with botox
An example of muscle relaxant injections for a gummy smile. 4 to 10 units are typically required. Individual results will vary.

Gold Coast gummy smile treatment
The levator labii superioris alaeque is the main muscle contributing to a gummy smile.

Relaxing the levator labii superioris alaeque muscle reduces the upwards pull on the upper lip, resulting in significantly less gum show when smiling.

This treatment will affect the way you control your upper lip. Some people may find it difficult to drink out of a straw or play a musical instrument with their mouth following treatment.

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