A smile characterized by an excessive gingival or gum tissue display is known as a gummy smile. This issue occurs when your gums cover a large area of tooth enamel or your upper lip is excessively raised. People with this problem usually show significant embarrassment or insecurity.
Now, you may wonder if your gummy smile can be fixed.
The short answer is yes. How? Let’s discuss this in the following sections.
Table of Contents
- 1 What Causes a Gummy Smile?
- 2 Treatments For Gummy Smile
- 3 Gummy Smile Results
- 4 How should I take care of my teeth after the gummy smile treatment?
- 5 How much does it cost to fix a gummy smile?
- 6 Gummy Smile Botox FAQs
- 7 Consult an Expert
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
You can have a gummy smile due to many reasons. Here is a brief overview of the most common causes.
Too Much Gum Tissue
An excessive amount of gum tissue is the number one reason for a gummy smile. An overgrowth of the gum tissue during permanent tooth eruption causes a significant part of a tooth to get concealed.
A Bad Bite
A bad bite is commonly a hereditary problem characterized by misalignment between the upper and lower jaw. The gummy smile, in this case, appears due to the upper jaw being too long – an issue called a vertical maxillary excess. As a result, a significant amount of gum tissue becomes exposed when you smile.
Hyperactive Upper Lip
The hyperactive upper lip is another genetic issue that can cause a gummy smile. This condition mainly involves the repeated overuse of the muscles in the upper lip and nose. This raises the upper, leading to excessive gingival display.
Treatments For Gummy Smile
At Euromed Clinic Dubai, we offer Botox and laser recontouring treatments that reduce the appearance of your visible gum tissues and fix your smile. Let’s have a quick overview of both these options.
Botox for a Gummy Smile
This minimally invasive procedure involves injecting botulinum toxin type A into the area between the upper lip and nose. This causes the muscles there to relax, limiting the rise of the upper lip. As a result, the overexposed area of the gum gets covered, and the gummy smile transforms into an attractive smile.
Gummy Smile Laser Recontouring
Laser recontouring for a gummy smile is a non-invasive procedure during which a laser expert directs a laser beam to the gingival tissues to perform gum correction. The laser beam removes the excess gingival tissue to improve the gum tissue shape and allow more of your upper teeth’s area to become visible.
Gummy Smile Results
Both Botox and laser recontouring are non-surgical treatments for a gummy smile. Hence, there won’t be an extensive recovery phase and significant downtime afterward. Both these treatments show quicker results.
As far as the longevity of the treatment results is concerned, Botox doesn’t offer permanent results. You will need to get more injections to maintain your smile’s appearance in a few months.
On the other hand, laser recontouring offers longer-lasting results that tend to last a lifetime. Your periodontist will advise you to stay on top of your oral hygiene to prevent gum infections in order to safeguard the desired results of the treatment.
How should I take care of my teeth after the gummy smile treatment?
Botox injections to treat a gummy smile mainly target muscles between the upper lip and nose. There is no impact of those injections on your teeth or gums. Therefore, you can brush and floss your teeth as usual after these injections.
The case of gummy smile treatment with laser recontouring is different. This treatment removes excess gum tissues, leading to a recovery phase that may affect your dental care regimen. Laser therapy causes a small amount of pain, which is generally manageable with over-the-counter medication. You can also manage pain and swelling by using an ice pack for a few days.
How much does it cost to fix a gummy smile?
The average starting cost of gummy smile treatment with Botox injections is 650AED, while the starting price of gummy smile laser recontouring treatment is 5000AED. The final costs of both these treatments depend on the patients’ requirements.
Gummy Smile Botox FAQs
Can a gummy smile be corrected?
Yes, there are several options available to treat a gummy smile. A detailed discussion with a dentist will help you know the most suitable treatment for you.
How do I permanently get rid of a gummy smile?
Gum contouring is one of the most effective methods to fix a gummy smile permanently. More specifically, you can benefit from laser gum recontouring treatment, a non-surgical option that delivers quick results with little to no risk of side effects.
Is a gummy smile a disease?
A gummy smile itself is not a disease. However, it can sometimes be a symptom of hereditary gingival fibromatosis (HGF). This condition is characterized by gradual but progressive enlargement of keratinized gingiva.
Consult an Expert
You might be a good candidate for Botox for Gummy Smile Dubai if you have a gummy smile. You can get more information about this treatment by visiting our dentists. Our dental surgeons can evaluate your condition if you visit us for an initial consultation. You can be the right candidate, and our rates are market competitive. But before visiting, please book an appointment online to save your time.
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