Botox® Gummy Smiles
How it works
Botox is used to treat gummy smiles. Botox is derived from the neurotoxin Botulinum Toxin.
In order for a muscle to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine.
Acetylcholine attaches to receptor cells in the muscle, causing the muscle to shorten or
contract. Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine from the nerve endings, and thus,
prevents the muscle from contracting.
What problem it corrects
If you have what most people call a gummy smile, you show too much gum above your
upper front teeth when you smile. In the past, the only way to correct a gummy smile was
with a surgical procedure; however, Botox is now being used to correct gummy smiles, and
it is fast and easy.
How it feels
Botox injections are easy compared to the old surgical procedure. We first place a topical
numbing cream on the area and wait for about 10-15 minutes. Next we apply ice to help
numb the area and prevent any bruising. We use a very fine needle to inject the Botox into
the muscle, placing one injection on the right side of the nose just above your upper lip and
another on the left side. You will feel a slight pinch that only lasts for a couple of seconds.
How long it lasts
Botox is the longest lasting neuromodulator on the market. Botox will last 4 months after
the first injection. It has been our experience that after repeated sessions, it lasts a little
How long it takes
Botox is fast. One treatment for a gummy smile takes about 20 minutes.
How many sessions does it take
One session is all that it takes. If you are happy with the results, then you simply come back
in 4-5 months.
What to expect after treatment
It takes approximately 48 hours before you see the final result. Sometimes, it may take a bit
longer. Although it is highly unusual, it is possible to experience a little bruising. You will
still be able to smile naturally, but expect the gummy part to go away.
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