Uses For Botox – Gummy Smile Reduction

This series of posts looks at the less commonly seen advanced uses of Botox. Dr Hennessy, provider of industry-leading botox training courses, has seen many different procedures using Botox. These procedures that we’ll detail later through this series of posts may be worth trying if you have any of these more surprising issues. Since Botox is relatively cheap and completely reversible.

So what is a ‘Gummy Smile’?

A gummy smile happens to certain people when they smile. Their upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums and producing an unattractive smile. This may happen due to several causes. One of the causes is a hyperactive muscle which elevates the upper lip. Occasionally, the gummy smile is also aggravated by a thin upper lip that further contributes to the problem by exposing the upper gum even more.

So what is ‘Gummy Smile’ reduction?

Dr Hennessy understands that botox is a very good choice for patients that suffer “gummy smile”. We know people who have had very good results with judicious use of Botox to improve this condition. You need to go to an experienced Facial Plastic Surgeon that has had injected a gummy smile in the past to have your best results. You must also understand that Botox may lower the upper lip to not be able to show the gum line when you smile. There is a risk of too much lowering; affecting your singing or playing of a wind instrument.

According to other technical Botox practitioners. Botox will paralyze the muscle of animation and inhibit your smile. A true gummy smile is the result of vertical maxillary excess. In order to correct this, you may need a maxillary impaction to reduce the overall height of the maxilla.