Gummy Smiles Treatment Options

Dentist Serving Calgary, Cochrane, Airdrie and Nearby Areas of Alberta

At Aesthetic Dental Studio, we understand that when you smile, you want to do so confidently. But too many of our Calgary-area patients can't, and the reason is simple: their gums are too prominent.

This is the so-called “gummy smile,” and it's one of the more common aesthetic concerns we hear. If your gums are too prominent, they can hide your teeth when you smile, and that's not ideal.

Fortunately, fixing a gummy smile is one of the cosmetic dentistry services we offer. There are a couple options for addressing this concern, and we will help you find the right one.

If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta and you have questions about treatment options for your gummy smile, please call Aesthetic Dental Studio today at 403-543-4600.

How Can BOTOX® Cosmetic Be Used To Treat a Gummy Smile?

One possible treatment that many people don't know about is the injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic in the area.

We tend to think of BOTOX® as a cosmetic procedure to address facial wrinkles, but it actually has a lot of other uses. When it comes to a gummy smile, BOTOX® can prove very helpful.

BOTOX® works by blocking muscles in the injection area from contracting. For a gummy smile, we can inject BOTOX® into the area around your upper lip. This will prevent the muscles in the area from pulling your lip up and exposing your gums.

Whenever you're considering BOTOX®, it's important to understand that the injections are temporary and effects usually only last between three to six months. And make sure your BOTOX® provider has substantial experience – BOTOX® is quite safe, but only when administered by a properly trained, experienced provider.

Dr. Chee and his staff will talk to you about BOTOX® and your other gummy smile treatment options.

If you're concerned about a gummy smile and you live in or around Calgary, Alberta, please call Aesthetic Dental Studio today at 403-543-4600 for an examination. 

How Effective Is BOTOX® for Treating a Gummy Smile?

BOTOX® is ideal for patients who have a gummy smile because their top lip curls upward when they smile. It also works well for patients whose upper lip lifts up more than average. Essentially, these patients have hypermobile lips that move dramatically and expose more of their gum line.

Some patients have a gummy smile for other reasons. For them, BOTOX® may not be ideal. It may not provide a significant improvement for a gummy smile caused by differences in the growth of your teeth, medications, or the structure of your jaw, to name a few examples.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

BOTOX® treatments for a gummy smile do not provide immediate results. It often takes four to seven days for the injections to create a visible improvement in the appearance of your smile. After that, you can generally expect your results to last for approximately three months. However, every patient is different, and you may get more or less mileage from your treatment.

The results of BOTOX® are not permanent. If you like your new look, you will need to return for follow-up appointments. These appointments can help you make your results last longer.

How Can I Prepare for BOTOX®?

You will not need to do much in order to get ready for BOTOX® injections. Our dentist will give you specific pre-treatment instructions to follow before your appointment. 

Here are some general steps that may help you prepare for BOTOX®:

  • Stop taking non-prescription blood-thinning medications for several days
  • Stop smoking and drinking for at least 48 hours
  • Wash your face and avoid wearing makeup to your treatment
  • Set realistic expectations for your results

Is BOTOX®  for a Gummy Smile Painful?

BOTOX® injections for a gummy smile can be uncomfortable because the treatment area is sensitive. Numbing medications are often used to minimize any pain during the appointment. 

Compared to other gummy smile treatments, BOTOX® injections are the least invasive. Alternatives include laser gum removal, gum contouring surgery, and lip repositioning surgery.

Are There Any Risks Involved With BOTOX®?

BOTOX® is generally considered to be safe and effective. However, it is not without risks. Some common side effects of BOTOX® for a gummy smile include temporary bleeding and bruising, mild swelling, and soreness at the injection site. You may also experience temporary stiffness.

There are some aesthetic considerations as well. It is possible to overcorrect or undercorrect the treatment area, which can leave you feeling dissatisfied with your cosmetic results. However, when administered properly, BOTOX® can help improve the look of your smile.

We want you to make a fully informed decision about BOTOX®. Talk to Dr. Chee to learn more about the potential risks and benefits of this non-surgical treatment for a gummy smile.

Can I Combine BOTOX® With Other Dental Procedures?

Yes. Patients frequently combine BOTOX® treatments with general and cosmetic dental procedures. There is no reason why you would not be able to get these services and BOTOX®. However, you may not always be able to schedule them during the same appointment window.

Depending on factors such as your concerns and goals, you may choose to pair your injections with dental treatments and procedures such as whitening, porcelain veneers, and Invisalign®. If you are interested in building a customized treatment plan, ask about getting a smile makeover.

Schedule a BOTOX® Gummy Smile Consultation in Calgary, AB!

If you are interested in learning more about how BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used to treat Gummy Smiles, or if you wish to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment, be sure to give us a call and book a personalized appointment with Dr. Gordon Chee! Dial 403-543-4600 today or fill out the form in our contact page. Our practice looks forward to serving you!