Treat A Gummy Smile with Botox

Twice as many women as men suffer from a gummy smile. A smile considered gummy is one that shows an excess of gum tissue (3 mm or more).
An attractive smile is dependent on balance of the teeth, gums, and lips: the gum line follows the upper lip’s contour and the upper lip should only expose up to 3 mm of gum tissue. There are three facial muscles that create a smile:
  • Zygomaticus minor
  • Levator Labii Superioris Alaeque Nasi
  • Levator Labii Superioris
Botox is injected above the smile to temporarily denervate the muscles that cause the upper lip to excessively lift. Effective Botox treatment for a gummy smile requires an injection at the the intersection of these three muscles, a triangular area called the Yonsei Point.
  • Fact: Levator Labii Superioris means in Latin “lifter of upper lip”
  • Fact: Gummy Smile is defined as 3mm or more of gingival display (above the zenith)
  • Fact: The most aesthetically pleasing smile is where border of lip is right AT zenith
  • Fact: Researchers consider this main lifter: Levator Labii Superioris Alaeque Nasi
Typical Botox treatment for a gummy smile includes injections at the Yonsei Point on either side of the nose and lasts for around 3 months.