A gummy smile is one that shows more of your gumline than you’d prefer. It’s also known as excessive gingival display.
If a gummy smile is affecting your self-esteem or you’re concerned about the health of your gums, you have several options for correcting it. Book a consultation to discuss the best solution for you.
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What is Gummy Smile?
A genuine smile, when your lips sweep upward and your sparkling eyes crinkle, is a beautiful thing. It signals joy and human connection. For some people, that joy might be affected by a condition known as a gummy smile. It’s when your smile reveals more of your gums than you’d like. In clinical terms, it’s called excessive gingival display.
Whether you consider your smile “too gummy” is largely a matter of personal aesthetics. But you should know that it’s fairly common.
Some experts estimate that as many as 10% of 20- to 30-year-old adults consider their smiles gummy. Plus, more women than men believe their smiles show too much of their gumline.
Gummy Smile Treatment
If moving your lips too far up over your gumline when you smile causes your gummy smile, you may have success with injections of botulinum toxin, also known as Botox.
In a 2016 study 23 women with gummy smiles received a Botox injection to paralyze the elevator muscles in their lips. After 2 weeks, 99.6 percent of the women saw a difference in their smiles.
Botox is less expensive and less intrusive than surgery.
The drawbacks? You’ll have to repeat the injections every 3 to 4 months.