A gummy smile, where an excessive amount of gum is visible above the top teeth when smiling, can be a source of self-consciousness for many. A gummy smile can impact your confidence, but you’re not alone. Fortunately, Restoration Medicine offers a non-invasive gummy smile treatment using dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections to transform your smile discreetly.
What are Gummy Smiles?
A gummy smile occurs when an excessive amount of gum tissue is visible when you smile. Ideally, no more than three millimetres of gums should show between the top of your teeth and the bottom of your upper lip. Several factors can contribute to a gummy smile, including genetics and issues related to oral health. Often, these concerns can be addressed with cosmetic procedures, such as anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers, without any surgical procedures.
Can Gummy Smiles Be Treated with Cosmetic Injectables?
A gummy smile can usually be effectively treated with a combination of muscle-relaxing injections and dermal fillers. This approach addresses the two main causes of gummy smiles: overactive muscles and insufficient lip volume.
1) Muscle Relaxing Injections
Muscle relaxers like Botulinum Toxin (we cannot mention the famous brand names here due to medical regulations!) temporarily block nerve signals to specific muscles, causing them to relax. In the case of a gummy smile, these injections target the muscles that raise the upper lip. Relaxing these muscles prevents the upper lip from pulling up too high, reducing gum exposure. This can create a more balanced and natural-looking smile.
The effects of muscle relaxers typically last 3-4 months, requiring repeat injections for continued results.
2) Dermal Filler Injections
Dermal fillers add volume to specific areas of the face, including the lips. For a gummy smile, fillers are injected into the upper lip to increase its size and prominence. This can help to cover more of the exposed gum tissue, creating a less gummy appearance.
Dermal fillers offer a more immediate and noticeable improvement in gum exposure compared to muscle relaxers alone. They can also enhance lip shape and definition. The results of dermal fillers vary depending on the type of filler used but can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.
Combined Treatment for a Gummy Smile with both Dermal Filler Injections and Muscle Relaxing Injections
For a more comprehensive solution for gummy smiles, combining muscle relaxers and dermal fillers is a popular option. The muscle relaxers address the underlying cause of excessive gum exposure. At the same time, the fillers improve the appearance of the smile by adding volume to the upper lip.
This combination approach offers several benefits:
- More effective treatment
- Further minimise gum visibility for a more natural-looking result (as muscle relaxers alone may not significantly reduce gum exposure, particularly for severe cases)
- Improved aesthetics
- Enhance the overall appearance of the lips making them appear fuller and more defined
- Ensures longer-lasting results
- Leads to longer-lasting results compared to either treatment alone
How Much Does Gummy Smile Treatment Cost?
An indicative cost to treat a gummy smile with dermal filler would range from $385 to $660. The average cost to treat a gummy smile with muscle-relaxing injections would range from $132 to $198. The total cost of treatment will vary depending on the practitioner, the number of injections required, and the volume of injectables necessary.