Treating Your Gummy Smile with Botox

Treating Your Gummy Smile with Botox

From in-person meetings to virtual get-togethers, your smile is one of the first things people see. For many Americans, however, a gummy smile leaves them feeling self-conscious every time they grin. 

If you’re worried your smile is all gums, the providers at Medweight, Lasers & Wellness Centers in Irvine, California, can help with fast and effective Botox® treatments. Take a moment to discover how Botox can treat your gummy smile.   

What is a gummy smile and what causes it?

For someone with a gummy smile, their upper lip rises high enough that they reveal more gum tissue than most people. If this happens to you, then instead of only revealing small triangles of pink between your teeth when you smile, you reveal a large portion of your upper gums, giving you a gummy smile

A number of factors can contribute to a gummy smile, such as jaw structure, lip length, as well as teeth shape and size. Furthermore, some people can have a gummy smile because of a condition called gingival hyperplasia, which causes enlarged or long gum tissue. This condition is typically triggered by the use of certain medications or poor oral hygiene. 

If you’re concerned about your gummy smile, the expert providers at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers can help with customized recommendations. One of the fastest, easiest, and least invasive treatments is Botox. 

How can Botox help a gummy smile?

Botox works by using a neurotoxin to relax your muscles. When injected into your upper lip muscles, it limits how far your lip can rise when you smile. The result? Your gums stay covered, putting the focus back on your teeth and lips. 

The amount of Botox you need will depend on your situation. Most patients need about two units of Botox between their nose and upper lip to create a natural and appealing smile.

What’s more, Botox is safe, effective, minimally invasive, and requires no downtime. After your treatment, you can return to your normal activities immediately. It takes about 2 weeks for the full effect to take place, and you can expect your results to last at least 3 months, at which time you can get a touch-up.

And if you want to improve your smile even more, your provider at MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers can recommend additional treatments, such as lip rejuvenation, lip enhancements, or fillers to give you social-media quality lips

If you want to say goodbye to your gummy smile, we can help. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone with MedWeight, Lasers & Wellness Centers today.

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