We all love to see a smile. Any smile brightens the day. It portrays warmth & approachability in the individual. However, some individuals stifle their smile because when they smile, there is overexposure of their gums.
They perceive their smile to be unattractive. This condition is known as a gummy smile.
Thin lips can contribute to the overexposure of upper gums. The upper lip is stretched and thinned out during a smile giving raise to a lack of coverage of the gums.
The upward movement of the upper lip and corners of the mouth is dictated by 5 pairs of facial muscles. These muscles that retract and elevate the upper lip during a smile could be hyperactive, causing the upper lip to be lifted higher than normal, exposing gum tissue.
Anatomically, a dental condition such as an excessive overjet or an overbite exposes dentition and gums when we smile. Overjet, medically, is the distance between the maxillary and mandibular anterior incisors. Overbite refers to the vertical overlap of the maxillary over the mandibular central incisors.
There are medical/dental treatments to help make your smile more attractive.If gummy smile is a true anatomical issue, it is best for you to visit your friendly orthodontist to correct the existing malocclusions.
Once corrected, the excess gingival display will be reduced. If is it due to thin lips or muscle hyperactivity, fret not, we are able to help you in GEM clinic.
Treating Gummy smile caused by thin lips or muscle hyperactivity is fairly simple and straightforward.
The filler will be injected into the lips. There will be mild discomfort. However, we will minimize the pain by applying numbing cream. Hyaluronic acid fillers not only volumise, but also provide moisture to the lips. Your luscious lips in turn will cover the excess gingival exposure.
Botox; We will also assess if there is muscle hyperactivity. The group of muscles will be relaxed with Botox injections. The injections will be targeted at specific points.
There is minimal pain (alike a small ant bite) and rarely any bruising. Once the muscles relax gradually, usually by the third day, you will notice the improvement in your smile, with less gummy show.
We want you to be confident with your smile. Do not hide your smile. A smile is the prettiest thing you can wear, so flaunt it!