Gummy Smile.

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beauty of your smile.

There’s no such thing as the ideal smile, but with a few easy adjustments you can bring out the best in your looks. Something which never hurts one’s self-esteem and confidence.

What is a
gummy smile?

Normally, the upper lip sits just above the top teeth. But some people will either have a high lip line, revealing too much of the gum, creating what is known as a Gummy Smile.

People who have a high lip line are usually extremely self-conscious about it. They may place a hand over the mouth when smiling or laughing, or even avoid smiling at all, to conceal the appearance of a gummy smile.

A gummy smile is just a minor condition, so the good news is that the procedure to fix the condition is minimally invasive: involving the removal of excess tissue and correction.

Would you like to know more about how we can fix a gummy smile?

Have a question about a treatment, want to know how you can spread the cost of treatment, need to book an appointment or would just like more information? Our treatment coordinators are available for free consultations in person at one of our conveniently located practices.


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Why does Gummy Smile happen?

One of the contributors to ‘gummy smile’ is hyperactivity of the muscles that elevates the upper lip. Another factor is a thin upper lip, which can expose more of the upper gum when smiling.

How complex are the treatments?

Modern advances in dentistry have simplified the treatments for reduction of gummy smile, and enhanced their effectiveness. Often, the most effective option is to inject a muscle-relaxing neurotoxin into the elevator muscles of the upper lip. This weakens the hyperactive muscles, thereby reducing the elevation of the upper lip.

Is treatment painless?

Treatment for hyperactive elevator muscle involves administration of a local anaesthetic, to ensure the patient will feel no pain.

How long does it take?

Along with the local anaesthetic, and the injections of neurotoxin, this treatment usually takes approximately 10-15 minutes.

Are there any alternatives?

Another cause of Gummy Smile is a thin upper lip, which can be treated by augmenting the upper lip with fillers. Your dentist will advice on the best options prior to any treatments.


We firmly believe that everyone deserves to feel beautiful inside and out. Our wide range of the most up-to-date treatments and innovative procedures means we can deliver bespoke treatments and natural results that will help you not only look but feel incredible.

Our team of highly experienced medical professionals will ensure that you will be completely satisfied with your chosen treatment right from your consultation, ensuring you are safe and as comfortable as possible.

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We’ll discuss with you what you would like to achieve with your appearance, answer any questions and listen to any problems you may have had in the past.