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Botox Can Treat A Gummy Smile

Do you feel self conscious about your appearance because of a “gummy smile”?

Many patients face this type of cosmetic challenge with gums that take over their smile, making their teeth appear small or disproportionate to their gums. While typically not considered a dental health problem, a gummy smile can often cause someone to hide their smile out of embarrassment.

At Family and Spa Dentistry in Pennington, NJ, Dr. Donna Vagnozzi-Bucci now offers Botox Cosmetic® for a variety of health and cosmetic concerns, including a gummy smile. Traditionally, patients may have faced possible gum surgery to correct this issue, but Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci can address this cosmetic concern in her dentist office with Botox Cosmetic®.

How Does Botox Fix a Gummy Smile?

There are several reasons why someone may have a gummy smile, most of which are genetic in nature and not related to a dental health problem.

In many cases, a gummy smile is the result of a short upper lip that retracts too high when smiling, exposing excessive gum tissue. Botox Cosmetic® can effectively relax the upper lip muscles and allow it to drop down lower, covering more gum tissue and sitting closer to the top of the teeth. Treatment can last for six months or more and takes less than half an hour to complete.

After a consultation to determine that treatment with Botox is right for you, Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci will discuss expected results and how many treatments will be necessary, depending on the severity of your case. It is also important to ensure that no gum disease is present and gums are healthy prior to treatment.

Ready for a wider, brighter smile? Botox Cosmetic® may be the solution for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Vagnozzi-Bucci to learn more about the benefits of Botox Cosmetic®.