A “gummy smile” is a term used to describe a smile where a significant amount of the gums above the teeth are visible. This can be caused by a variety of factors, such as excessive gum tissue or a hyperactive upper lip muscle. While a gummy smile is not necessarily a medical problem, some people may feel self-conscious about their appearance and seek treatment to reduce the amount of gum tissue visible when they smile.
Botox is a brand name for a type of injectable cosmetic treatment that contains botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyses muscles. When Botox is injected into the upper lip muscle responsible for lifting the lip during a smile, Botox can weaken the muscle and reduce the amount of gum tissue visible when a person smiles. This can help create a more aesthetically pleasing smile and improve a person’s self-confidence.
It’s worth noting that Botox is a temporary solution and the effects typically last for several months before the muscle regains its full function. Additionally, Botox is not suitable for everyone and may not be the best option for certain cases of gummy smile and a combination of dermal filler may achieve a more desired outcome.