Botox for
gummy smile

Create a smile you’ll love to show off with botox

Reduce the amount of gum on display when you smile
Non-invasive, gentle treatment
Quick procedure with significant results

Botox treatment
for gummy smile

A gummy smile, known as excessive gingival display in medical terms, means that there is too much gum tissue on display above the top teeth when a patient smiles. This can make the individual feel self-conscious about smiling and can lead to a lack of confidence.

Small amounts of botox administered into specific muscles in the upper lip significantly reduces the amount of gum on display when the patient smiles. This achieves a natural, appealing smile that you will feel proud of.

We offer botox for gummy smiles at our Harley Street and Colindale, London clinics. Our expert practitioner will be able to assess your specific concern to ascertain whether this is a suitable treatment
for you.

If, after evaluation, botox is considered a beneficial approach, you will experience your treatment at one of our luxurious, award-winning London aesthetic clinics, led by Dr Kaywaan Khan.

Treatment Explained

Botox for gummy smile
treatment overview

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Treatment Type

Injectable botox

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Treatment Areas

Upper lip

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Benefit Duration

2-5 months

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Treatment Time

15-30 minutes

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Minimal (your practitioner will advise)

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Botox for gummy smile
treatment benefits

  • Quick, non-invasive procedure

    Treating a gummy smile with botox is a very quick procedure taking no more than 30 minutes. You will be able to carry on with your day immediately after your appointment.
    The treatment is highly effective, within a few days you will start to notice the benefits with full results showing by two weeks following treatment. The effects last from 2-5 months. With repeated treatments the effects tend to last longer between appointments.

  • Achieve a smile you’ll love

    Small amounts of botox will be administered between your nose and upper lip to gently relax the muscles and limit the elevation of the upper lip when you smile. This reduces the amount of gum on display to achieve a natural and appealing smile.

  • Botox lip flip

    For patients who have a thinner top lip that stretches and curves under when they smile, this can have the effect of showing more of the upper gumline.
    When small amounts of botox are administered to the muscles that control the upper lip, the top lip relaxes, giving a fuller appearance. The result is that less of the gumline is visible when you smile.

  • Treatment combination

    Botox for gummy smile or lip flip is often used in combination with lip fillers to create more fullness in the lips, which also enhances the reduction in gum visibility.
    Lip fillers are hyaluronic acid-based, so they have the added benefit of hydrating your lips, giving them a soft and plump feeling.

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The science behind botox
for gummy smile

The medical term for gummy smile is excessive gingival display and it is often assessed and treated as a dental concern. When a gummy smile is a result of issues such as small teeth, enlarged or inflamed gums or upper jaw issues, it should be addressed by a dental professional.

Where a gummy smile is caused by the muscularity or size of the upper lip, aesthetic medicine provides an effective solution. For example, if the muscle that controls the upper lip elevation is short or hyperactive, this can cause more of the gumline to show. Botox can effectively treat this issue.

Botox, or botulinum toxin, is known to safely relax excessive muscle contraction. It works by inhibiting the nerve signals, which cause muscles to contract.

Your specific needs will be assessed by an experienced medical practitioner who will carefully target the botox injections to achieve your desired results.

Botox will be injected into specific muscles that control the movement of the lips, which reveal the gumline during smiling. The muscles that may be targeted include the levator labii superioris which controls the upward movement of the top lip, and the orbicularis oris muscle that encircles the mouth. ‘Yonsei point’ botox may be the recommended approach, as this targets the centre of the three elevator muscles in the upper lip.

There are surgical options for the treatment of gummy smile for patients who are seeking a more permanent solution. These are invasive approaches that include gingivectomy, crown lengthening, maxillofacial surgery, and lip repositioning surgery.

Orthodontic devices such as braces and clear aligners can help to balance the aesthetics of teeth and gums to achieve the desired results.

Botox for gummy smile is a gentle, non-invasive solution, which is highly effective with no downtime.

Botox for gummy smile
- your questions answered

Meet one of our doctors for a consultation to discuss your treatment options

  • How does botox for gummy smile work?

    Botox, or botulinum toxin, can help with gummy smile by relaxing overactive muscles in the upper lip, which reveal more of the gumline when the patient smiles.

  • Who is botox for gummy smile suitable for?

    Botox treatment can be beneficial for patients who are conscious of their gummy smile and for whom dental intervention is not an appropriate option.

  • Is botox for gummy smile safe?

    Yes, injections with botox are safe when administered by a reputable medical practitioner. They have minimal side effects.

  • Does botox treatment for gummy smile hurt?

    The needles used for administering botox are very fine, therefore patients tend to feel only a mild stinging sensation that quickly passes. Your practitioner may administer a topical numbing cream.

  • What are the side effects of botox for gummy smile?

    Many patients do not suffer any side effects except mild bruising.
    Some patients may experience a feeling of tightness when smiling, which generally resolves itself.
    More rarely, side effects can include the temporary weakening of other small facial muscles, causing asymmetry. This usually resolves after a few weeks.

  • What aftercare if required?

    Your practitioner will give you full information about any aftercare requirements

  • What are the benefits of botox treatment for gummy smile?

    The benefits of botox for gummy smile include:
    ● Quick procedure and recovery
    ● Effective, natural results
    ● Cost-effective, non-invasive approach

  • How long does botox treatment for gummy smile last?

    The effects of botox for gummy smile are evident within a few days and usually last for 2-5 months.

  • Has botox for gummy smile ever gone wrong?

    We're not aware of any problems following treatment, where it was administered by a trained medical professional.

  • What does botox for gummy smile cost?

    Please see above for our price list for botox treatment for gummy smile.

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