How Good Does It Work a Lip Lowering for Gummy Smile? is Better Than a Maxillary Surgery?

I'm a 24 year old woman, I've been looking for the best procedure to correct my gummy smile, I think my teeth are big enough so maybe a laser procedure can reshape my gum line though. As you can see in my pictures I don't only have gummy smile, I also have a asymmetric bite. I've been searching for the lip lowering procedure but I don't know if it's the best solution for a case like me, I know there's also they the maxillary surgery, but I consider it's very extreme.

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How Good Does It Work a Lip Lowering for Gummy Smile? is Better Than a Maxillary Surgery?

Aggressive incision and partial excisionof the muscle of the upper part of the lip at the gum junction will achieved a long term result but will lead to static upper lip.

Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

Gummy smile correction

In my experience an intraoral repositioning of the upper lip is the least invasive and most beneficial in correction of the "gummy smile" problem. Combining repositioning with myotomy of the lip levator muscles works well. Use of botox for this purpose I would discourage because assymetry of expression is not uncommon with such injection and could be problematic.

Julian Henley, MD
Greeley Facial Plastic Surgeon

Botox can lower the lip for gummy smile.

Botox can also lower your lip and correct the gummy smile. It is such a simple correction that it would be worth a try before you go to surgery. My patients have all been amazed that I could correct their gummy smile so easily. It doesn't take much, usually less than 10 units and only a short time. If it doesn't give you enough correction and you still need help with your bite, then proceed with surgery.

Heather Haley, MD
Mobile Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Gummy smile correction

An intraoral lip lowering procedure (excising a strip of the gum at the top where it meets the lip) works best to correct your problem.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Procedure To Help Improve A Gummy Smile

There are a couple options that you have. One non surgical option would be using a TAD. This is an anchorage device that intrudes the maxillary dentition causing you to have a far less gummy smile. Another option would be a gingivectomy, which would remove some of the gums causing there to be more symmetry between the gums and the teeth. I recommend a consultation with a Periodontist to go over all the options available to you.

Edward E. Dickerson, IV, MD
Fayetteville Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 116 reviews

Botox can help gummy smile

Before proceeding to surgery, consider botox in the upper lip.  A small amount (4-8 units) can lengthen the upper lip, reducing the amount of gum that shows when you smile.  This is a temporary (and relatively inexpensive and noninvasive) solution.

Melissa Chiang, MD, FAAD
Houston Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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