gummy smile treatment by surgery and nonsurgical methods

by / Monday, 13 August 2018 / Published in Uncategorized

The appeal of a smile has to do with both aesthetics and perception. When people seek cosmetic dental treatment because they are unhappy with their smiles, chances are they have a legitimate problem. Some individuals’ feel they show too much gum tissue or their gums are too prominent when they smile. Either their teeth appear too small, or so much gum tissue shows that the teeth are not making an impact. And a gummy smile can make a person feel self-conscious.

Many people are not aware that there are options for correcting or altering the appearance of an excessively gummy smile. doctor tarzi states ,If a gummy smile impacts a person’s enjoyment of life, comfort, and well-being, it could just be time to do something about it. And a lot can be done. First, doctor will need to determine exactly why your smile looks gummy because understanding the cause always directs us towards the best solution. Schedule a consultation with doctor tarzi to discuss whether you’re a good candidate for Non-Surgical or surgical correction of a Gummy Smile.  For the right patient, these simple, quick procedures can make a world of difference in self esteem and attitude that its only goal is to make you look and feel your best.

gummy smile

gummy smile

A “gummy smile” is a condition in which a person shows a larger than average amount of gum tissue when smiling and has a disproportionate gum-to-tooth ratio. Although a gummy smile is considered a normal variation of human anatomy, many people with gummy smiles suffer from embarrassment, self consciousness, and even a general lack of self esteem. They often dislike their smile and wish there was something they could do to change it. The good news is there is something you can do to fix your gummy smile. your gummy smilecan corrected with simple periodontal plastic surgery procedures.

Cause of gummy smile

There are several factors that lead to gummy smiles, some of which are outlined below:
1. When the upper lip is thin, thereby lacking fullness, a gummy smile is likely to develop.
2. Movement of the upper lip. – If the upper lip is hypermobile, it tends to move higher than usual, thereby revealing more gummy teeth.
3. When the upper jaw is longer than usual, a gummy smile will develop even with the slightest movement of the upper smile.

treatemnt options

If you suffer from a gummy smile and are bothered by the way it looks, you don’t have to live with it any longer! There are three main treatment options available to correct a gummy smile:botox,jaw  surgery, and lip lowering surgery.



anti-wrinkle injections with Botox is used to treat gummy smiles. The results are quite outstanding, providing a trained specialist carries out the procedure.


 There are 4 injections points that can be used to depress the lip in different locations so it is vital that these are marked out from an anatomical point of view before the drug is injected. The aim is to target and weaken, or relax, only those muscles around the mouth that are causing the excess retraction of the lip upon smiling, which then displays the extra gum tissue. Assessing and knowing which muscles to treat and the dose of toxin to deliver is very important, as the last thing you want to impact on is the general movement of the mouth and lips which could affect the ability to smile all together, or cause difficulties with speech, chewing, drinking or even create a ptosis or drooping of the lips and mouth. the treatment of gummy smiles with botulinum toxin is not a permanent solution.

Lip enlargement

Sometimes a soft tissue filler, such as Restylane or Juvederm, is also indicated in order to lengthen the upper lip and make it more full in order to cover the gum line. In addition to Botox, doctor tarzi recommends Lip augmentation with dermal fillers for patient who also have thin lips.

lip repositioning

lip repositioning

For patients who wish to have a less “gummy” smile,  lip repositioning can be a good methods to treat it for a long time .


During the procedure, doctor tarzi will make an incision on the inside of the upper lip in order to reposition it so that the patient can no longer pull the lip up to expose the gums.  By preventing the lip from excessively stretching upward during a smile, patients will have a less “gummy” smile with an upper lip that appears fuller.  Patients will be on their way to a more confident smile without a surgery that cuts into the tooth structure or the tissue surrounding the tooth. There may be some tenderness following the procedure, but this will resolve within a few days.  Patients will be able to talk following the procedure and recovery time is fairly short.

Jaw surgery


The manner in which your upper jaw bone grew and developed could cause the appearance of a gummy smile. For instance, if there was an excessive bulging protrusion of the upper jaw within the gum tissue, you would experience an obvious gummy appearance when you smile.therefore it can be treated by jaw surgery.


This procedure often requires breaking the upper jaw and removing pieces of bone. Not everyone is willing to go through with this treatment because of the complexity of the surgery, hospitalization, and inherent risk and complications. Also, this procedure usually requires the jaw to be wired and stabilized for an extended period, but when is indicated the final results are excellent. As a result, gummy smile sufferers see moreof their teeth when they smile and less of their tarzi states that the benefits of this procedures include increased comfort and confidence when smiling, eating and speaking, as well as improved periodontal (gum tissue) healt.

Choose the best methods

There are several options, but botox would be the fastest, most comfortable and most minimal treatment.  This inhibits the muscle that pulls up the lip and can be dosed to inhibit a LITTLE or a LOT.  It wears off in 3-4 months, so if you don’t like it, just leave it alone and it will go back to normal.  You COULD do a lip surgery, making the lip stay put, but it is unpredictable (works great for some, not so much on others). Which one is better, it is the important question that doctor tarzi will answer it if you are interested in fixing gummy smile.


The cost of any  treatment depends on the specific  conditions needed for the treatment, which is unique to each individual. Discuss your problem area and desired outcome with the doctor during your consultation so that they can devise a treatment plan just for you and the cost can then be determined.

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