What is the best procedure to fix my gummy smile? (photos)
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Fixing a gummy smile
The best treatment can be determined after measuring the length of your lips and doing an x-ray analysis. Treatment may involve braces, jaw surgery, or a combination of both. Lip repositioning surgery can be an alternative to jaw surgery in some cases.
In your case I would suggest an orthognatic surgery to push upward your upper jaw, then braces to align teeth correctly and porcelain veneers for final aesthetics. A second option if you don't want to get the surgery might be lip reposition surgery that is really simple and can be done on a dental clinic, and recontouring of the gum with a gingivoplastly, and the the porcelain veneers.
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Jaw surgery is definitely the best option for a more permanent fix. If you are looking for a non-surgical approach, Botox injections can help as well. The biggest downfall with Botox is that it is temporary. You will need Botox every 3-4 months (some people up to 6 months) to maintain the results. A few of my younger patients end up going for the jaw surgery after a few treatments of botox. The older ones are happy to avoid the surgery.