I have a gummy smile. When I smile I show way too much of my upper teeth and gums. I feel self conscious to even smile. Is there a way to fix this?Wednesday, May 6th, 2009
There are several reasons to have a gummy smile. One is that your upper gams grow over your teeth and extend downwards too much. This problem is usually dealt best by a periodontist who might need to reduce the amount of overgrown mucosa.
The other reason for a gummy smile is overactive lip elevator muscles which lead to your upper lip raising too much while smiling. There are several surgical procedures to help correct this, but they are full of potential complications and issues. The easier way to fix this is with botox. Botox can be used to slightly weaken these muscles so the lip does not raise as much while smiling. This is not a procedure for beginners. It is very easy to overdo this and cause your lip to be too weak. DO NOT just let anyone do this to you. Please ask how often your doctor has done this specifically for gummy smiles.