In a perfect smile, lips should be placed right over the teeth but some people have problems due to disproportional gum tissue and try hard on themselves because of the gums they show while smiling.
Gummy smile is the case where gums are appearing too much over the teeth while smiling. There are a couple of anatomical reasons why you may show more of the gums while smiling. For example, a short upper lip, a hyperactive upper lip, small teeth, overgrown gums or overgrowing of upper jaw. In most cases, the underlying cause of a gummy smile is genetic thus there’s nothing you can do to prevent that.
Reasons why gums are showing up while smiling may be:
Botox injections are used to reduce the muscle activity controlling the upper lip. While patients can preserve all normal facial moves after the application, only effect is the upper lip not getting over the teeth.
Botulinum toxin is being used for more than 40 years in medical treatments and it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1989 for the treatment of wrinkles. It’s one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in the world right now. It works by temporarily blocking the connection between neurons and muscles, this way ensures the muscles kept relaxed. A safe and effective treatment to reduce gummy smile, is injecting the botulinum toxin into Levator Labii Superioris Alaeque Nasi (LLSAN). This is the muscle that reaches out along the side of the nose and ends at the skin of the lip and makes us to be able to show our teeth. Botulinum toxin is used to relax LLSAN. This way, it reduces the lifting up of upper lip and apparency of gums when we smile.
In cases where the problem is about the thin upper lip, adding a fine volume with special lip fillers can solve this unbalancy and prevent lips to lift so much in proportion to teeth.
Botox is mostly applied on the facial area. The application is made on the upper 1/3 section of the face including glabella, forehead lines and lines around the eyes called crow’s feet, this way a younger and dynamic effect is achieved on the face. Botox is also applied to wrinkles around the mouth caused by smoking, latitudinal wrinkles on the neck and decolette area and wrinkles occuring on the nose area called rabbit lines.
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It’s expected to see a recovery where lifting of upper lip is gradually reduced within 2 or 3 days after the treatment. Full result is achieved 2 weeks after the therapy. You may be invited to a 2-3 weeks reviewing appointment where the success of the treatment may be evaluated and adjustments may be made in your personal treatment plan if necessary.
It’s recommended that you keep your mouth muscles active for a few hours, avoid too hot and cold, intensive exercise, lying-down or leaning for 4-6 hours.
Results are tend to last for 3-4 months. Frequent treatments in less than 3 months intervals are not recommended.
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