Uptown Medical Aesthetics Can Help You Enhance Your Beauty
A smile is a universal form of communication. It’s how we say hello, show joy, and offer kindness to others. But for some people, their smile can be a source of anxiety. If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your smile, you may find you hold back your smile in social situations because you’re self-conscious. You may feel this way if you have a gummy smile that exposes a large portion of your gums. But Uptown Medical Aesthetics can help you enhance your appearance and give you the confidence to smile with our gummy smile correction. At our Northglenn, CO clinic, we offer non-surgical treatment options to correct the appearance of a gummy smile. Please reach out to us today to schedule a consultation.
What Is a Gummy Smile?
Whenever we raise the corners of our mouths in a smile, it exposes our teeth and a portion of the gums above them. However, some people’s smiles show more of the gums than others. Those people with smiles that show a significant portion of the gums are considered to have a gummy smile. Most ideal smiles show approximately two millimeters of gum above the teeth. Smiles that show three to four millimeters or more may look too gummy. While all smiles are beautiful and unique in their own way, individuals with a gummy smile may feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smile, even going so far as to avoid smiling big or smiling at all. There are now non-surgical treatment options to address this concern.
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile can be caused by a number of factors that even a dentist may not be able to address. In some cases, overactive lip muscles may be the cause of a gummy smile, as this can excessively elevate the lip and show more of the gums. A thin upper lip can also contribute to the appearance of a gummy smile as it exposes the upper gum even more. Additional factors that play a role in gummy smiles include the size and shape of the teeth and the position of the jaw. In most individuals with a gummy smile, there is more than one factor that is causing the problem.
Treatment Options to Correct a Gummy Smile
If you feel self-conscious about your gummy smile, you may be wondering what your treatment options are. For many years, the only option was surgery, and even this wasn’t a viable option for everyone. But there are now better options to help you correct your gummy smile. At Uptown Medical Aesthetics, we offer two non-surgical treatment options for this issue – dermal fillers and Botox®. Our team can determine which of these options is right for you or whether a combination of the two will best address your concerns. You can trust that we will build a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs and desired outcome.
Dermal Fillers Add Volume to the Upper Lip
Dermal fillers can be used to add volume to areas of the face that do not naturally have much or that may have lost it due to age. These injectables often use a serum that contains hyaluronic acid, which subtly plumps up the area. If you have a gummy smile that is caused by a thin upper lip, dermal fillers can be used to add volume to the area. With more volume in your upper lip, less of your gums will show when you smile, helping to address the issue of a gummy smile. In some patients, dermal fillers adequately address the problem, but you can also use this treatment in combination with other solutions to provide better results.
Botox® Stops Overactive Muscles
Botox® can address your concerns about a gummy smile by targeting the hyperactive muscles that control the upper lip. Many gummy smiles occur due to an overactive muscle that makes your smile bigger and exposes more of your gums. A few Botox® injections can solve this problem. These injections temporarily hinder the contraction of muscles in the area, effectively weakening them and reducing the elevation of the upper lip when you smile. Because the lip cannot raise as much as it used to, less of your gums will show when you smile.
Quick Treatment & Results
No matter which treatment option you decide to use to correct your gummy smile, you can be sure that the process will be fast. Both Botox® and dermal fillers can be completed right here at our Northglenn, CO clinic in as few as 10 minutes. Our professionals will plan where to inject, prepare your skin, and complete the injections in a matter of minutes. Some results will be noticeable right away, but it may take a few days to see the full effects. And the best part is, you can return to your daily life immediately following the treatment!
Contact Us for a Consultation
If you are interested in learning more about Botox® or lip fillers to address your gummy smile, we encourage you to reach out to our team today. We can answer any questions you may have and schedule a complimentary consultation where you can speak to one of our professionals. Give us a call today!