Releveling of the gum/ lengthening of the teeth by Laser
If the gums are too long or thick they may cover the teeth making them appear short. The solution can be either a “Gingivoplasty” or a “Re-leveling” procedure, both performed with the use of Laser to remove the excess gum, or even a “Teeth Lenghtening” procedure which involves capping the teeth with porcelain crowns or laminate lenses. All procedures are quick and painless.
Injections of Botox/Fillers
Whether it is too short or hypermobile, the upper lip can unattractively expose gums creating a Gummy Smile. This unaesthetism can be easily eliminated by Botox injections in selected areas to temporarily restrict the upper lip’s muscles movement (lasts about 6 months) and/or Filler injections to slightly increase the lip’s volume.
Upper lip Repositioning Surgery:
This procedure permanently stabilizes the movement of the upper lip, preventing it from moving too high and the procedure is performed under local anesthesia.
In some cases, the upper jaw (maxilla) is too protruding. The best approach to resolve it is to perform an Osteotomy or “Orthognatic Surgery”, i.e. a reposition of the upper jaw in its normal place, in order to restore functionality of the bite and attractiveness of the face as a whole. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
How long will Gummy Smile correction last?
Depends on the method chosen by you and your doctor. It can be either a temporary or a permanent solution. Discuss all your concerns with your caregiver to fully understand all the possible procedures and their outcome