How Can BOTOX® Transform a Gummy Smile?

By: Dr. Jared Young


A gummy smile is a cosmetic dental issue in which a significant portion of the gums are visible when a person smiles. A "gummy smile" can be caused by an overactive muscle that raises the upper lip, an upper lip that is naturally short, or an excessive amount of gum tissue. If you feel like any of these detract from the overall appearance of your smile and make you self-conscious, Dr. Catherine Young can help at Bright Young Smiles in Lighthouse Point, FL. Keep reading to discover how Dr. Catherine can use BOTOX to transform your smile.

How can BOTOX treat a gummy smile?

BOTOX is a popular cosmetic treatment that has been used for decades to address a variety of cosmetic issues, including excessive sweating, wrinkles, and muscle spasms. In recent years, BOTOX has also become a popular treatment among cosmetic dentists like Dr. Catherine to transform gummy smiles.

BOTOX can effectively reduce the appearance of excessive gum tissue. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that control the upper lip. When the muscle that raises the upper lip is paralyzed, the upper lip remains in a more relaxed position, which reduces the amount of gum tissue that is visible when a person smiles. The result is a more aesthetically pleasing smile that exhibits a balance between the teeth and gums.

What is the procedure for treating a gummy smile with BOTOX injections?

The procedure for treating a gummy smile with BOTOX is simple and minimally invasive.

Dr. Catherine will inject a small amount of BOTOX into the muscle that raises the upper lip using a fine needle. The procedure takes only a few minutes, and there is no need for local anesthesia. Patients can return to normal activities almost immediately after the procedure.

What are the benefits of treating gummy smiles with BOTOX?

One of the most significant benefits of using BOTOX to transform your gummy smile is that, as a nonsurgical procedure, there is no downtime or recovery period afterward. Unlike traditional gum contouring procedures, which require cutting and reshaping the gum tissue, BOTOX does not involve any incisions or surgical manipulation of the gum tissue.

BOTOX is also an effective and accessible approach to treating this issue. In most cases, the results are visible within a few days of the procedure. But keep in mind that the effects of BOTOX are temporary, so you'll need to return for repeat treatments every 3 – 4 months to maintain your results.

The benefit of getting BOTOX from Dr. Catherine is that her background in general and cosmetic dentistry means she has extensive training and knowledge of oral areas and facial muscle expression dynamics, and is considerate of dental and facial proportions to deliver optimal results.

At Bright Young Smiles, we can even offer quick and convenient BOTOX treatments during routine dental visits.

Improve your smile with BOTOX in Lighthouse Point, FL

BOTOX has become a popular procedure for people who want to regain their confidence by reducing the appearance of excessive gum tissue to transform their smiles.

If you feel like the appearance of your gums detract from the smile you want people to see, contact Dr. Catherine Young at Bright Young Smiles in Lighthouse Point, FL to see if BOTOX can help transform your gummy smile.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.