What is a Gingival Smile?
Undoubtedly, having a beautiful smile is one of the most important elements in the face beauty of the face. Having tidy and white teeth with full gum coverage and having beautiful and well-proportioned lips is very important in this regard. However, in some cases, it has been observed that some people experience the problem of excessive exposure of teeth and large gingival tissue when laughing, which is called gingival smile.
A gingival smile is a condition in which a large amount (more than usual) of gums appears while laughing.
In fact, when smiling, the upper lip rises much higher than the upper teeth so that the gums are exposed and the teeth are facing forward and in an inappropriate shape.
When smiling, a 2 mm view of the gums is normal and desirable, but an oversized view can make the teeth look abnormally small or very large while smiling.
What causes a gingival smile?
Various dental and maxillofacial factors can cause a gingival smile.
There are many reasons, but the most common are as follow:
- Teeth: Short teeth
- Lips: Narrow upper lip
- Gums: Large gums known as hypertrophic gums
- Jaws: Overgrowth of the upper jaw
Although the above components are key, but in most cases the condition of the gingival smile is genetic.
If the condition of your teeth, gums and jaw tissue is normal and healthy, the problem of your gingival smile is probably due to shape of the upper lip. If the upper lip is too short or the muscles are too active, it can make gingival smile.
The short length of the upper lip prevents it from covering your teeth and gums, and as a result, your smile becomes gummy. If your upper lip completely covers your teeth and gums while your mouth is closed and your lips are resting, but when you laugh, your lips are very high and your gums are exposed, your gingival smile is probably due to the inactivity of your upper lip.
But how to treat a gingival smile without surgery?
Do not worry…
The complication of gingival smile can be easily corrected by Botox injections.
Treating gingival smile with Botox can control the movement of your upper lip muscle. Because the upper lip may be overactive and cause the gums to appear when laughing.
Research has shown that in case of reluctance to have cosmetic gingival smile surgery, Botox injection in a specific place above the upper lip can be an effective solution to treat gingival smile; Of course, the improvement in the direction of the beautiful smile design is temporary and the treatment should be repeated every 3 to 6 months.
Botox (botulinum toxin), a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, relaxes these muscles by temporarily blocking the entry of nerve pulses into the injected muscle. This reduces the activity of the muscle, which causes the lips to rise.
Overgrown upper lip lifting muscle can be weakened with a few Botox injections. Botox causes the lifting muscle to contract with less force so that the upper lip does not rise as much as before while smiling and the gums are less visible and a beautiful smile is created. Of course, this action does not affect the natural state of the face.
To treat a gingival smile and weaken the muscles, a small amount of Botox is injected into both sides of the junction of the nasal fins to the folds on either side of the mouth. Over the course of 3 to 4 days, the upper lip gradually decreases and the gums become less visible while smiling, which gives you the confidence to smile without feeling embarrassed. The final result is obtained two weeks after treatment.
As you know, always combining several treatments can have better and faster results.
Injecting a lip filler along with Botox Gingival Smile can make your smile more beautiful and double the treatment result.
Especially people who have small lips, can combine Botox and lip filler in the Russian method, which gives the lips a different height and the lip is in the best shape in the face, the result will be amazing.
The results of Botox injections last 3 to 6 months, and after 30 to 6 months the treatment can be repeated.
In fact, some people who suffer from gingival smile always try to laugh with their mouths shut or not at all. Fortunately, there are many common ways to solve this problem these days.