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Gummy Smile

Gummy Smile

A smile that exposes a lot of gum can make a person feel self-conscious and reluctant to smile in public. A gummy smile is caused by a hyperactive muscle that reveals more of your gum area and can be helped simply through the injection of anti-wrinkle treatment to relax the muscle. This simple and safe procedure is administered by qualified dentists who are uniquely placed to assess your smile and place those injections in the places that will give you the most aesthetically pleasing result.


A free consultation with our medical professionals will assess your suitability for a gummy smile botox treatment and devise a customised plan for you. The gummy smile treatment takes about 15 minutes in total. Local anaesthetic is applied to the injection sites on each side of the upper lip and then small quantities of the anti-wrinkle serum are injected to relax the hyperactive muscle. This helps to reduce the high pulling effect and lets the lip better rest over the gum tissue.


Individuals who are bothered by excessive gum exposure when smiling and want a non-invasive solution may be suitable candidates for a gummy smile treatment. This treatment should be avoided by anyone with muscle problems; nerve damage; or who is pregnant or breastfeeding.


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What is Gummy Smile Botox?

When you smile do you feel that too much of your gum is showing? Many people who suffer from a ‘gummy smile’ can feel self-conscious and it can result in them smiling less freely, or less frequently. 
A gummy smile is caused by a hyperactive muscle; the good news is the condition can easily be treated by Anti-wrinkle strategic injection along the lip area to relax the muscle. The downtime and discomfort with a gummy smile botox treatment is minimal, and the whole procedure takes just 15 minutes.


The side effects are minimal and temporary. The most common injection-related reactions are:
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Pain
  • Itching
  • Discolouration
  • Tenderness
These generally resolve within 2-7 days. If you suffer from cold sores, this treatment may trigger an outbreak.


To avoid swelling and bruising:
  • Do not take aspirin, ibuprofen, or Advil for two days after treatment, OR for one week prior to treatment
  • Ice the swollen area
  • Do not rub or massage your face for four hours after treatment – this will spread the injected material to other muscles in your face
  • Avoid exercise, apart from walking, for 24 hours after treatment.

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Gummy Smile FAQs

A gummy smile refers to a condition where a significant amount of gum tissue is exposed when a person smiles. Anti-wrinkle injections such as Botox can be used to treat a gummy smile by relaxing the muscles that lift the upper lip, resulting in less gum exposure and a more balanced smile.

During the treatment, a small amount of Anti-wrinkle treatment is strategically injected into the specific muscles responsible for lifting the upper lip. By temporarily weakening these muscles, Botox helps to reduce the upward movement of the lip and decrease gum visibility when smiling.

Injections for gummy smile treatment are generally well-tolerated and relatively painless. Most patients describe the sensation as a tiny pinch or sting that lasts only for a few seconds. The procedure is quick, and discomfort can be minimized by using a topical anesthetic or cold compress if needed.

The effects of gummy smile treatment typically last around three to four months. After this period, the muscles gradually regain their normal function, and gum exposure may increase again. To maintain the results, follow-up appointments for additional treatment is usually recommended.

Anti-wrinkle injections can significantly reduce the appearance of a gummy smile, but complete elimination may not always be possible, especially if the gum exposure is caused by underlying dental or skeletal issues. A thorough evaluation by a qualified professional can determine the suitability of Botox treatment for your specific case and provide realistic expectations.


The effects of the treatment will last for about 3-4 months. The results of treatment for a gummy smile usually become noticeable within a few days, with full effects appearing within one to two weeks. It’s important to note that individual responses may vary. 

Areas of treatment

Gummy Smile Information

Prettier smile
3-4 months
Local anaesthetic
All clinics
muscle problems, nerve damage, pregnancy, breastfeeding
15 minutes


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