Banish Excess Gum Exposure With Our Expert Injectables
Do you hide your smile in photos or feel self-conscious grinning from ear-to-ear? Many people dislike their “gummy smile,” which shows excessive gum tissue above the teeth when smiling. This usually results from a shorter upper lip or overactive lip muscles that pull the upper lip high to reveal more of the gums.
If your gummy smile makes you feel awkward or embarrassed, nonsurgical lip filler injections can help! At Montville MedSpa & Pain Center, Dr. Donna D’Alessio specializes in enhancing smiles and correcting cosmetic concerns like gummy grins. With expertly placed dermal fillers, we can reshape and plump up your upper lip to minimize gum exposure when you smile.
Keep reading to learn all about how lip fillers can reduce a gummy smile for more confident, camera-ready grins!
What Causes a Gummy Smile?
A gummy smile can be caused by a few different factors. Determining the specific cause is important in finding the right treatment approach. Potential reasons for a gummy smile include:
|Short upper lip
|An upper lip that is vertically shorter and does not fully cover the upper teeth and gums when smiling
|Hyperactive lip elevator muscles
|Overly strong or hyperactive muscles that lift the upper lip up higher than normal when smiling or laughing
|Excess gum tissue
|An excessive amount of gum tissue beyond the normal range, either from genetics or periodontal disease
|Vertical maxillary excess
|An abnormally long or protrusive upper jaw and teeth, resulting in the appearance of a “gummy” smile
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Benefits of Lip Fillers for a Gummy Smile
Lip fillers can be an effective minimally-invasive treatment option for reducing the appearance of a gummy smile. When properly administered by an experienced provider, lip fillers offer the following benefits:
Increase Upper Lip Volume
Injecting dermal fillers like hyaluronic acid into the upper lip area adds fullness and plumps the lip. This provides more lip coverage over the gums when smiling. The added volume helps minimize excessive gingival display.
Reshape and Recontour Lips
Fillers allow for custom sculpting and shaping of the lips to achieve an aesthetic improvement in the smile. In addition to adding projection of the upper lip, the vermillion border can be recontoured to optimize the lip line.
Lip fillers offer a non-invasive way to augment the lips and alter the gummy smile appearance. There is no surgery or downtime required. Most patients can return to normal activities immediately.
According to a study, Myomo using hyaluronic acid has shown to be an efficient approach to correct dynamic excessive gingival display. HA lip fillers provide natural-looking lip enhancement when used properly and not overdone. The increase in lip fullness looks smooth and subtle.
Long-lasting and Reversible
Lip fillers offer results that last 6-12 months on average before a touch-up is needed. The effects are long-lasting but not permanent but they are reversible and can be dissolved if patients are not satisfied with the results. This makes lip fillers a great option for temporarily enhancing the lips and improving a gummy smile, with no permanent changes.
Any discomfort during the injections is temporary. An anesthetic is commonly used to maximize comfort. Mild swelling, bruising or redness may occur but resolve quickly.
Can be Combined with Other Treatments
Using lip fillers with Botox lip flip or other procedures can maximize results in treating a gummy smile. We can customize the best options for your condition.
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Are You a Good Candidate for Lip Fillers?
You may be a good candidate for lip filler gummy smile correction if:
- You have a shorter upper lip or lips that are disproportionate to your teeth and gums.
- Your upper lip elevates high when smiling, revealing substantial gum tissue above your teeth.
- You have mild to moderate gum exposure when smiling that bothers you.
- You want to enhance your smile and boost confidence without surgery.
- You are in overall good health without conditions that impair healing.
- You do not have a history of severe allergic reactions to injectables.
A consultation can confirm if you are a suitable candidate for lip fillers to minimize a gummy appearance when grinning.
What to Expect During A Gummy Smile Lip Filler Appointment
If you decide to pursue lip fillers to conceal your gummy smile, here is what to expect:
- Consultation: Discuss your specific concerns about your gummy smile and define your cosmetic goals. We will assess the anatomy of your lips and gums and determine the appropriate filler injections sites. Our experts will advise you on realistic outcomes.
- Photography: Pre-procedure photos will be taken of your smile from multiple angles. These enable before-and-after comparisons to evaluate the improvements.
- Anesthesia: A topical numbing cream is applied to maximize your comfort. Some patients also opt for dental nerve blocks to numb the area.
- Injections: Using a very fine needle, we will precisely inject small amounts of dermal filler into specific points along the vermillion border of the upper lip and oral mucosa just above the lip line. The injections are customized to each patient’s individual needs.
- Massage: After the injections, our experts will gently mold and massage the lips to evenly distribute the filler and smooth any potential bumps.
- Immediate Results: Some positive effects are visible right away before you leave the office. However, it takes 2-3 days for the filler to fully settle into position.
- Follow up: Within 2 weeks, a follow up appointment allows us to check your results and make refinements if needed. This ensures optimal outcomes.
- Appointment Length: Typical appointments take 30-60 minutes depending on the amount of filler injected. Some mild swelling, bruising, redness and tenderness may occur but resolves quickly, within a few days.
Why Choose Montville MedSpa for Your Gummy Smile?
Under the direction of Dr. Donna D’Alessio, Montville MedSpa provides exceptional lip enhancement treatments to correct gummy smiles. Our advantages include:
- An eye for smile aesthetics and natural-looking beauty
- Advanced techniques for targeted, precise filler placement
- A wide selection of effective, FDA-approved dermal fillers
- A medical spa environment for comfort and privacy
- Caring, personalized consultations and follow up care
- Convenient scheduling and extended hours
- VIP and package membership savings on treatments
To schedule your gummy smile lip filler consultation with our smile enhancement experts, visit our website or call (973) 834-6887 today. Our team looks forward to helping you achieve a smile you love!
Contact Montville MedSpa & Pain Center to sculpt a stunning, camera-ready smile with lip filler treatments. Our injectable smile makeovers can help you grin freely without self-consciousness. Let our experts reveal your most vibrant, genuine smile yet!
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about lip fillers for improving a gummy smile:
What fillers are best to correct a gummy smile?
Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Versa are optimal for minimizing a gummy smile. The smooth consistency and versatility of these fillers allows for very natural looking results that can last 6-12 months when injected properly.
How long do lip fillers last?
On average, lip fillers provide about 6-12 months of increased lip volume and definition before gradually absorbing. Maintenance injections every 6-12 months can help sustain your desired lip shape and proportions.
How much do lip filler injections cost?
Costs range from $500-800 for 1mL syringe to treat just the upper lip area. Full lip augmentation, including the upper and lower lips, typically costs $800-1500 depending on the provider and amount of product used.
When will I see results and how long is recovery?
You’ll see some improvement in your smile immediately after injections, but maximum results are visible after 2 weeks once swelling has completely subsided. Most patients can resume normal activities the day after treatment.
How can I maintain lip filler results?
Consistency is key – follow up injections every 6-12 months before the filler fully absorbs will help maintain plumpness and the proportions achieved from the initial injections.