What's the best treatment for my gummy smile? (Photo)
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the definitive treatment for this is to have a surgical procedure to 'impact' your top jaw - basically cut away the excess bone and re position the upper jaw to its ideal place. It is a rather stable procedure and will resolve the 'gummy smile' that you have.
I would not waste your time exploring botox or lip surgery or gingivectomy, as these will not address the underlying problem - which is the excess in bone growth for the upper jaw (maxilla).
You will need to see an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon who will do this - but you will need braces on first.
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You COULD do a lip tack surgery, making the lip stay put, but it is unpredictable (works great for some, not so much on others). Laser gingivectomy would help, but usually only 1-2 mm each tooth. Then there is the Lefort surgery, which raises the bone up, as much as 5-10 mm. This is very tricky and not all oral surgeons do this (will take some homework).
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