Smiling is something that most of us tend to do subconsciously, when we’re feeling happy and want to express this. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys it. If you’re self-conscious about the way you smile, you may refrain from showing your teeth, or perhaps even from smiling at all. One reason for being unhappy with the appearance of your smile can be that you have a ‘gummy smile’. Is this you?
Do I have one?
Someone with a gummy smile will smile ‘too much’, revealing their gums above their upper teeth. Although there are many causes, the most common ones are:
– A hyperactive upper lip muscle that lifts the lip too high when smiling
– A short upper lip
– Enlarged or excessive gum tissue
– Teeth that are disproportionately small compared to the gums
How can I fix it?
Never fear, our procedure to fix a gummy smile is non-surgical, and can be carried out in your lunch break. Lasting between 15 and 30 minutes, the use of Botox to correct your smile is quick and relatively painless.
Botox, a type A botulinum toxins, is one of the most common treatments for the reduction of facial wrinkles worldwide. Using fine needles, the toxins (which contain purified protein) are administered relatively painlessly. Botox works in presynaptic neuromuscular nerve endings to stop muscle contraction temporarily. When the muscle contractions are reduced, wrinkles will become softer, and any areas with excessive muscle tension can then relax.
We use Botox to fix a gummy smile by reducing the contraction of the upper lip muscle, letting it rest more comfortably over the gum tissue.
How it’s done
As the procedure takes less than 30 minutes, your treatment can be done between meetings, or even in your lunch break – you can be back at your desk with time to spare.
Before the treatment, your face is cleansed and disinfected. As very fine needles are used, the injection shouldn’t feel too painful – some feel no pain at all. If needed, an ice pack may be used to reduce bruising. Next, well, that’s it! This treatment has virtually no recovery process, meaning you’ll be fully recovered in one or two days. You’ll be able to see results within 7-10 days of seeing us, and they’ll last for up to four months.
Good to know
Before booking your treatment, it is worth knowing a few things. It is advised that if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, that you avoid this procedure. If you are hypersensitive to human albumin, or have Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome, Myasthenia gravis, Multiple sclerosis, Myopathies, or disorders of the neuromuscular junction, Botox should be avoided. If you have frequent treatments including laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, you may also consider withhold it for 1-2 weeks before the botox treatment.
Are you ready to smile and laugh again?! Book your confidential appointment today.