When you smile, does your gum line show more than you would like? A “gummy smile” is defined by an excessive display of gingival tissue when one smiles. Smiling naturally causes a rise in one’s upper lip, and based on different factors, this may result in your gum line being more exposed than you would prefer.
With the use of Botulinum toxin injections, hyperactive upper lip muscle contraction can be controlled reducing the amount of gum line displayed when a person smiles. Injections into the muscle with a very tiny needle are be made on each side of the upper lip in order to temporarily reduce the lip’s hyperactive muscle which is pulled up too high when a person smiles causing excessive gum exposure. The treatment is quick and relatively painless.
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