Gummy Smile Correction with Botox in Vancouver
Your smile is one of the first things people notice when they meet you, and voluptuous, natural looking lips are desired by women (and men) of all ages.
A “gummy smile” is the term used to describe the top lip resting high on the gums when a person smiles. This shows a large amount of gum above the top teeth, when usually, we expect to see only the little pink “triangles” of gingiva between the teeth in a smile. While every genuine and authentic smile is beautiful, we strive to help our patients have the smile they feel most confident with. A typical or “ideal” smile exposes generally no more than 2 millimeters of upper gum tissues, whereas a “gummy” smile may show 3 millimeters or more of upper gum tissues. People with a “gummy” smile may feel their teeth are smaller than normal, may be reluctant or self-conscious about smiling, or having photos taken. However, a “gummy” smile can be improved with a simple Botox treatment.
Here are some common causes of a gummy smile:
- Long or enlarged gum tissue, known as gingival hypertrophy, can result in a gummy smile.
- Excessive growth of the upper jaw, known as vertical maxillary excess, can expose more gum tissue. This is a genetic pre-disposition.
- A short or hyperactive upper lip can create an appearance of gums that are larger than usual.
- The size and shape of the teeth can result in a gummy smile. More gum tissue will be exposed if teeth appear to be small or hidden.
A gummy smile can easily and effectively be treated with Botox. Botox is botulinum toxin type A, and when injected, it relaxes the muscles in the upper lip and reduces the rise of the upper lip when smiling, so the gums will remain covered. The Botox prevents the muscles from contracting and elevating the upper lip when smiling. Two or more units of Botox are injected in the area between the nose and upper lip to reduce the appearance of any “gummy” smile, creating a more appealing and natural smile.
This minimally invasive treatment is wonderfully effective. You can expect to see results within 1-2 weeks of your treatment and the results usually last 3 months.
Our Approach to Botox
At Pacific Plastic Surgery we approach Botox with the understanding that every patient has their own aesthetic journey. Your concerns, suggestions, and goals will be heard by us. Your lifestyle and preferences in beauty should be reflected in the unique treatment plan we develop with you.
While we will always be up-to-date on aesthetic injectable trends, we treat patients with an underpinning of science, prudence, and trusted safe injection practices. All of our providers are constantly trained on up-to-date injection techniques and best practices.
We take great pride in being able to provide products approved by the Health Canada for neurotoxin injections in Vancouver and the lower Mainland. Pacific Plastic Surgery is ideal for patients seeking customized, advanced and tasteful results to look and feel their best!