When you smile, do you feel that you show more gum than teeth?
Do you feel that your teeth appear to be too short compared to the amount of gum tissue displayed?
If you have answered yes, you may have a condition that is commonly called a “gummy smile” or excessive gingival display.
Gummy smile can have a negative effect on the aesthetics of your smile and your confidence. Here at DrBK, Dr Khanna has developed simple treatments to reduce the appearance of gum tissue with outstanding results.
Before and After Photos
Why do I have Gummy smile?
An excessive display of gum tissue in your upper jaw can result from the abnormal eruption of your teeth. Sometimes teeth that are covered by excessive gum tissue can appear shorter even though they may be of usual size.
In some cases the muscles that controls the movement of your upper lip could be hyperactive, causing your upper lip to rise up higher than normal. When this occurs, more of your gum tissue is exposed when you smile.
During your consultation at DrBK we will be able to discuss the possible causes and individual treatment options that would be tailored to you.
Gummy Smile Treatment at DrBK
We have ample experience in treating gummy smiles and have restored many patients confidence with relatively simple treatments. We can reduce the movement of the upper lip using Botulinum Toxin (more commonly known as ‘botox’). The ‘botox’ is injected into the muscles to make them temporarily relax, meaning that less gum is displayed when you smile.
Depending on the severity, in some cases we may look to do crown lengthening (either in conjunction with ‘botox’ treatment or by itself). This involves using a laser treatment to reduce the amount of gum around the teeth.
How long until I can see the benefits?
The ‘botox’ treatment usually takes 2-3 days to start working. The effects can last up to 4 months depending on the strength of your muscles and your individual response to the product.
What to expect on the day
Before the treatment any make up will be removed and the area will be cleansed. The product is placed into the muscle with a fine needle. You shouldn’t experience any discomfort. However, if you are sensitive we can use a topical anaesthetic cream, although in most cases this is not necessary.
The treatment itself will take 15 minutes and you can return to your usual activities immediately afterwards.
Are there any side effects?
Like all medicines, ‘botox’ can cause side effects but any reactions are generally minimal and temporary. You may find that there can be some slight discomfort as the needle enters the skin and you may have some bruising or bleeding where the needle has been placed.
Very rarely, ‘botox’ may result in muscle weakness. All other rare, although possible side effects can be found within the patient information leaflet which comes with the product. Please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to give this too you.
After ‘botox’, we advise you to avoid the following for up to 2 weeks;
- Beauty treatments (such as facials, facial massages etc)
- Saunas (and other extreme temperatures)
- If you are concerned or feel you are having a reaction please do not hesitate to contact us or your GP
You will be invited to attend a review appointment 3 weeks later for any adjusting that may be necessary.