What Can I Do to Prevent my Upper Lip Raising More on One Side with No Intention? (photo)

The right side of my upper lip tends to sit higher than the left side. Even when I relax my face there is a noticeable difference in the height if each side. Also, what can be done to sort the gap out between my two front teeth? My dentist says that braces would be a waste of time as they would cause gaps elsewhere, and has said that I should wait for wisdom teeth to come through. Any help would be extremely appreciated. Many thanks, Tommy.

Doctor Answers 1

Lip Assymetry

{{ voteCount >= 0 ? '+' + (voteCount + 1) : (voteCount + 1) }}

Thank you for the photos. My thoughts:

  • In the photo, your right upper lip is pulled up slightly more than the left.
  • this suggests that a small muscle, the levator labii superioris alaeque nasi muscle which lifts the lip and nose is short or over-active.
  • A Botox injection directly into this muscle may relax it.
  • For the tooth gap, consult both an orthodontist and a cosmetic dentist. Treatment ranges from concealing it with cosmetic bonding material to braces and bands. Hope this helps!

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.