I have been offered gum surgery but am concerned my teeth will look really long, what are my options? Wou;ld botox be better?
I Have a Gummy Smile Will Botox Help?
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Gummy Smile and Botox
Botox when injected in smaller amounts well above the lip can help lengthen the nose lip interval and reduce incisor show.
Botox For Smile Improvement
Administered by the right surgeon, preferably Board Certified in plastics, Botox can definitely help with a gummy smile. It is a simple procedure, taking only minutes and is a very great option for someone who wants something non invasive. It lasts several months and although it will need to be repeated after that time, my patients are happy with being able to get in and out and having no down time. “Dr. D”
Botox for gummy smiles
Botox injected by a highly trained and experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon is a terrific option for reducing gummy smile and is also inexpensive as not much Botox is required.
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Botox and gummy smile
Properly injected Botox by a well-trained and experienced injector can help with a gummy smile. Be sure you understand how it affects your mouth and how it can change your look.
Botox for a gummy smile
Botox can definitely help a gummy smile. It is a quick procedure that lasts a few months and makes patients very happy.
Botox for Gummy smile?
Absolutely! Botox is very good at treating a gummy smile and is quick and easy. I would not recommend receding your gums as this will make your mouth look older and the enamel stops at the gum line, then starts the dentin which is much softer and more susceptible to wear and future cavities. If you want a permanent result, then a plastic surgeon with maxillo-facial training can actually shorten your midface with no damage to the teeth. This is a big surgery and would only be recommended if you have a 'long' mid face.
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Injecting Botox into depressor septi to treat gummy smile
Botox is probably the safest and most predictable way to modify your gummy smile. In skilled hands, the injections can precisely modulate the way your upper lip muscles move, improving the appearance of your smile. The fact that it is temporary is both a good and bad thing - less than ideal treatments can be fine tuned easily without permanent smile distortion.
Excellent question. This is one of the most rewarding proceedures that I do. Using a neuromodulator such as Botox or Dysport can improve a gummy smile. Typically two injection points are needed and patients are very happy. I do recommend this proceedure for a gummy smile
Botox for gummy smile
I have had good success treating gummy smile by giving two injections at the sides of the nose where the nasolabial fold starts. Sometimes as little as 5 units total gives good results. Treatment takes just a few seconds. Because the dosage is low, the results don't last that long and need to be repeated. It makes sense to me to try the less invasive option first.
Botox v Gum Surgery for Gummy Smile
It sounds to me like you have at least two options for your Gummy Smile:
1. Non-surgical approach (Botox) which is an office procedure, no down time, minimal risks and complications, affordable and fairly predictable results (very good) when performed by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Of course it will need to be repeated every few months to be effective. This is not a permanent procedure.
2. Surgical approach ( gum surgery, jaw surgery) which are more complex surgical procdures, have longer lasting results, with short and long terms risks and complications, significant costs and are associated with real recovery time. Surgery requires a greater commitment on your part and should include more than one consultation as the differences in the above procedures are significant. This is a permanent procedure.
TIP FOR YOU:
Consider trying Botox one time and see what you think of the result. This treatment will give you not only better information of your appearance WITHOUT a Gummy Smile but also a better idea if this is the look that you desire. If you are satisfied, then perhaps seek more information on the procedures that will provide to you a more permanent result.
Thanks for asking! Dr Ellen