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What is a gummy smile?

Updated: Nov 16, 2023



What is a gummy smile?


A gummy smile, known in medical terms as excessive gingival display, refers to the over prominence of the gums when smiling.


What causes a gummy smile?


A gummy smile can be caused by a number of things, one simply being that it’s hereditary. Other causes could possibly be poor dental hygiene which leads to plaque build up, or altered tooth eruption. For most people though, a gummy smile is not a cause for concern.

What can be done to treat it?


Whilst all smiles are beautiful, some people can feel insecure about their gummy smile. There are many dental and surgical treatments to reduce the appearance of gum on show, but they can be intrusive with a long recovery period.

Botulinum Toxin has become a popular method in treating a gummy smile, as it can be injected between your lip and nose to freeze the muscle in your top lip and reduce the amount of gum on show when you smile. This used alongside filler can be used to completely enhance the lip and create a prominent and appealing smile. It’s important to note that this isn’t a one size fits all treatment - each person needs a tailored approach depending on the individual mouth, gum and lips. Having a consultation can provide clarity on your goal to get a perfect smile for you!


This is an ideal treatment as it causes no pain and there is no downtime needed after, with immediate results lasting from 3-6 months.


What not to do after treatment?:

  • Avoid touching the treatment area

  • Avoid alcohol up to 24 hours after treatment

  • No vigorous exercise

  • After the first few hours, don't lie down or strenuously bend your neck

  • Avoid sleeping face down 24 hours after treatment


If this is something you are interested in, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We always offer a free consultation before carrying out any treatment to ensure the treatment is right for you and to discuss the results we expect to achieve.


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