Gummy Smile Correction Treatment – Johannesburg Gauteng

A gummy smile can make people feel embarrassed when they smile, even if they already have straight white teeth.


What is a gummy smile?

A gummy smile is when your upper teeth seem to be overshadowed by excessive gum tissue, often making the teeth appear too small. This can be caused by several factors, these include:

  • The teeth may have grown abnormally through the gums.
  • The muscle controlling your upper lip may be hyperactive and cause your lip to rise higher than normal.
  • The jaw bone may have developed in a way that causes the gums to appear to protrude more than usual.


This condition has no adverse health affects but it can make people too self-conscious to smile or to not even smile at all


What treatments are available for a gummy smile?

Most people with this condition would normally be advised to go down the invasive surgical route to fix their gummy smile; however as the cosmetic industry has developed so has the use of the multipurpose muscle relaxing agent.

This muscle relaxing agent is used for many medical and cosmetic purposes; reducing gummy smiles being one of the recent. This procedure may help patients whose gummy smile is caused by an overactive lip muscle.

Doctors are able to inject the muscle relaxing agent into the muscle that controls the upper lip; relaxing the muscle so the lip does not lift as high and the teeth appear in proportion – results may vary per individual.

Patients with gummy smiles caused by abnormal teeth and jaw placements would need to seek surgical assistance; to realign the placement.


Is the procedure painful?

This form of treatment for a gummy smile is considered virtually painless in comparison to others. In most patients it only involves around 4 injections into the upper lip muscle. The needle used is very thin and small and takes at most 5 minutes to inject the muscle relaxing agent.


Is it safe?

Gummy Smile reduction with our muscle relaxing agent is safe when administered by a medical professional. Muscle relaxation injections have been used for over 20 years in both cosmetic and therapeutic treatments without any reported long term issue. In fact, these injections are commonly used in higher dosages to treat children with cerebral palsy to help reduce muscle spasms, lazy eye and excessive sweating.


Your muscle relaxing agent is normally used for wrinkles, will it change the look of my face?

The muscle relaxing agent may only help with fine lines and wrinkles when it is injected into the muscles that are causing the fine lines and wrinkles.

It is not just used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It was originally used in the medical industry to treat muscles that were overactive. For example, headaches, excessive sweating, overactive bladder, muscle stiffness, abnormal head position associated with cervical dystonia, eye problems/eye spasms.

The muscle relaxing agent is injected into the muscle in the localised area of concern to help relieve that individual concern and does not spread to other muscles nearby.

Results on any treatment may vary per individual as everybody is different and may respond differently to treatments mentioned.