A gummy smile can be explained as the condition where our lip rests high on the gums when we smile. While we do believe that all smiles are genuine and endearing - We constantly strive to help our patients achieve the smile they desire.

An ideal smile does not expose any more than 2 millimeters of upper gum tissues, while a "gummy" smile might be showing 3 or more millimeters of upper gum tissues, and people experiencing a "gummy" smile might also feel that their teeth are smaller than normal, leading to avoiding smiling at all.

However, there's hope! At Syra Aesthetics, our professionals successfully treat a "gummy" smile through Botox treatment.

Girl is Laughing


Our teeth, lips, jaws, and the gums are the aesthetic aspect, and what collectively makes our smile. Listed below are the most common causes for a gummy smile.

  • Short teeth. This can be due to incomplete eruption, leading to partial coverage of the teeth by the gums, tooth wear and genetics
  • Short upper lips
  • Upper lip that lifts too high while smiling, exposing a wide band of gum
  • Enlarged gums that look thick and bulky (called gingival hypertrophy)
  • Overgrowth of the upper jaw can make gum tissues bulge out
  • Improper bite

BOTOX For Gummy Smile

A gummy smile treated through Botox is an easy and successful treatment. The best part about this treatment is that it is an instant and non-invasive procedure. Botox has botulinum toxin type A that, when injected, can relax the muscles in the upper lip and limit the upward elevation of the upper lip when smiling, keeping the gums covered.

Once successfully treated, the upper lip that is relaxed with Botox no longer contracts or elevates as much when smiling, making this treatment incredibly effective - The results usually last 3 months. Through the years, we’ve discovered that when this procedure is repeated, over time, generally we get more time between the two required treatments. With this minimally hindering treatment, you may even return to work immediately after treatment, and results are often almost immediate with the full effect occurring by two weeks.

Units of Botox Required for a Gummy Smile

When it comes to treating gummy smiles through Botox, we only require up to 4 units of the very effective botulinum toxin. Botox is carefully injected in the area right between your nose and the upper lip to temporarily induce controlled paralysis in the muscles that contract or elevate when you smile, which leads you to be able to smile without showing your gums.

A Child Laughing With Bad Teeth
Girl After Getting Gummy Smile Treatment

Benefits of Treating a Gummy Smile with Botox

Treating Gummy smiles with the use of Botox might be the singular best way to get it done, compared to the other available treatments. Mentioned below are some benefits of treating a gummy smile with Botox that other treatments do not offer:

  • Botox injections do not cause any discomfort and less so with repeat care
  • Instant recovery, as soon as the procedure is finished
  • Botox is cost-effective as compared to surgical and other treatment options
  • Results are natural and quick
  • Injections can be adjusted depending on the results required

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