Using Botox injections for the treatment of a gummy smile

Using Botox injections for the treatment of a gummy smile

Patients bothered by a gummy smile may be unaware that there are options available to them for treatment. More women than men deal with a gummy smile, which shows 3mm of gum tissue or more when the patient smiles. Dr. Eric Wiitala and his team in Scottsdale, AZ provide a solution that many patients are unaware of, such as injections of Botox.

What is Botox?

Dr. Eric Wiitala describes Botox as a neuromodulator formulated with botulinum toxin type A. While Botox is commonly used to address wrinkles and folds on the face, it can also be used in other areas of medicine. Botox impacts the muscles it is injected into by reducing contractions. When a dentist injects Botox into the upper lip muscles, it can reduce the lift that occurs when a patient smiles. This, in turn, reduces the appearance of a gummy smile, as the upper lip does not reveal as much gum tissue as it did before the Botox injections. The muscle injected, known as the Yonsei Point, can keep patients from showing as much of their upper gums and improve overall aesthetics and balance of the face and smile.

How long will Botox injections last?

Botox is not a permanent solution to a gummy smile, but with routine injections, it can maintain the results. Most patients will need reinjection of Botox every three months to reduce the appearance of the excess gum tissue in the smile. These can be completed right in the dentist’s office during routine appointments and visits in-between.

Who is a candidate for Botox injections?

Any man or woman who is self-conscious about their gummy smile may want to speak to a dentist about the benefits of using Botox. Botox is safe and has been approved by the FDA for many medical and cosmetic procedures, and continues to be a reliable option for many of our patients.

Ready to combat your gummy smile?

Make a dramatic change without having to impact your oral health. Instead, consider Botox injections from Dr. Eric Wiitala. His practice is located in Scottsdale, AZ at 9755 North 90th Street and can be reached by calling (480) 657-6981 for an appointment.