Gummy smile is associated with an over exposure of the gum margin when someone smiles. The upper lip elevates too far above the upper teeth causing excessive gum visibility. The cause of this is either a hyperactive muscle around the mouth which then elevates the upper lip, and/or a thin upper lip.
Dermalclinic® can identify overactive muscle movement and treat with expertly positioned injections using Botulinum Toxin Type A such as Botox or Azzalure. The results from this treatment usually last approximately three months.
If the gummy smile is due to a thin upper lip, then the lip can be enhanced by using a hyaluronic acid dermal filler such as Emervel, JuvedermUltra, Belotero or Restylane. This treatment will be performed under a dental infiltration (just like the dentist) to make the procedure pain free. The results from this treatment usually last approximately six months.