FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT CAUSES A GUMMY SMILE?
Many factors can be the reason for a gummy smile, in which the upper lip elevates too far above their upper teeth, exposing gums when smiling:
• A hyperactive muscle that elevates the upper lip;
• A long or enlarged gum tissue, known as gingival hypertrophy;
• Excessive growth of the upper jaw;
• The size and shape of the teeth.
HOW DO YOU TREAT A GUMMY SMILE WITH BOTOX®?
To correct a gummy smile, the medical performer injects Botox® into the hyperactive muscle of the upper lip, relaxing the muscles that cause it to rise too high. This temporary numbing will decrease the elevation of your upper lip, covering more of your gums when you smile.
CAN I COMBINE GUMMY SMILE TREATMENT WITH OTHER PROCEDURES?
Of course. The gummy smile correction is a simple procedure, that can be combined with other aesthetic treatments. If a thin upper lip is a contributing factor, Dr. Kolarov might suggest a concomitant upper lip augmentation with FDA-approved fillers such as Restylane or Juvederm, for instance.
DO I HAVE TO BE WORRIED ABOUT GETTING A "FROZEN FACE" WITH THE PROCEDURE?
Not at all. The Botox® injections will weaken muscle activity and not paralyze your face entirely.
HOW MUCH DOES THE EFFECT LAST?
BOTOX® results typically last three to six months before another treatment is required.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR GUMMY SMILE TREATMENT WITH BOTOX?
If you have an overexposed gum line and feel self-conscious every time you smile, this non-invasive treatment can help you gain confidence! To find out if BOTOX® is right for you, book a complimentary consultation now at StudioMD in Mendham NJ.