45-54 year old woman treated with Botox

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Smiles look best when the upper lips just meets the top of the upper teeth. Excessively strong smiling muscles pull the lips too high for many people, which exposes too much of a patient's gums, creating a suboptimal looking smile.

Treatment with Botox can relax this excessive pulling and allow the lips to sit just above the gums for a better "frame" for your teeth.

The before and after photos below show a typical example of the outcome that we can achieve with Botox for an excessively gummy smile.

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